31 March 2006

Peer to peer, free riding and Skype

The paper by Adar and Huberman “Free Riding on Gnutella” first raised questions about free riding on peer to peer systems. This thread that was recently posted on Nicholas Carr's blog follows up that analysis by looking at the impacts of Skype, which is also a peer-to-peer service.

Do the economics of p2p adequately recognize these "uneven" contributions of resources? How is this connected with the debate on network neutrality that is currently going on?

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