The Global Nervous System
report examines the current state of knowledge about the structure
of the Internet, organizes key issues and puts them in context,
and succinctly explains how technologies work.
The Internet is vast -- it connects more than 230 million
servers and billions of Web pages that contain hundreds of terabytes
of data -- and its size holds the key to the network's deeper nature.
Because it is too big for any one group or organization to design
or control, its structure is governed by natural laws.
Researchers are leveraging the structural patterns of the
physical Internet and of the linked pages that make up the World
Wide Web to improve searching and browsing, and to shore up the
network against physical and software attacks.
The Internet also serves as an easily-measurable and observable
network that can inform scientists about many other networks, including
social networks, chemicals used in life processes, and mobile phone
The report includes an executive summary, a list of 16 developments
to look for as these cutting-edge technologies take shape and a
section of 12 researchers to watch, including links to their Web
pages. It also includes a quick tour of 30 recent developments and
a section of 28 in-depth news stories from TRN.
The main report contains the following sections: The elephant
and the blind men; networks all around; geography, politics, economics
and fractals; links; link patterns; link dynamics; getting there
in fewer hops; taking short paths; communities of interest; perceptions;
weak points; the nature of networks; the internet phenomenon.
The in-depth news stories are organized into the following
categories: layout, links, hops, content, vulnerabilities, network
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Table of Contents:
elephant and the blind men
Networks all around
Geography, politics, economics and fractals
Getting there in fewer hops
Taking short paths
Communities of interest
The nature of networks
The Internet phenomenon
How It Works
In-Depth Story Categories
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