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Title: The evolution of P2P networks for file exchange: the interaction between social controversy and technical change
Author: Ares Blanco, Jairo
Aibar Puentes, Eduard  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: P2P networks
file exchange
social shaping of technology
copyright controversy
Issue Date: Jan-2011
Publisher: Actes d'Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica
Citation: Ares Blanco, J. & Aibar, E. (2011). The Evolution of P2P Networks for File Exchange: the Interaction between Social Controversy and Technical Change. Actes d'Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica, 4(), 55-74. doi: 10.2436/20.2006.01.162
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Abstract: Since the irruption of Napster in 1999, Peer-to-Peer computer networks for file exchange have been at the heart of a heated debate that has eventually evolved into a wide social controversy across the world, involving legal, economical, and even political issues. This essay analyzes the effects of this controversy on the technical innovations that have shaped the evolution of those systems. It argues that the usual image of a single two-sided conflict does not account for most of the technical changes involved. P2P entrepreneurs and creators show a wide range of motivations and business strategies -if any- and users are not a monolithic group with a common set of goals and values. As a result, the actual historical evolution of those networks does not follow a simple linear path but a more complex and multidirectional development.
Language: English
ISSN: 2013-1666MIAR
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