P2P and the Web

Edd Dumbill, Principal, Useful Information Company

Track: Technical Track
Date: Wednesday, February 14
Time: 1:15pm - 1:45am
Location: Georgian Room

The explosion in popularity of P2P tools for communication and file sharing points to a breakdown in the functionality of the Web. The Web took off by making the Internet more usable and fun: we see P2P client applications doing the same by overcoming deficiencies in today's publishing and collaboration tools. Yet the original vision of the Writeable Web isn't dead--but it does need the wake-up call provided by P2P applications. This talk explores the parallels between P2P and the early days of the Web, and describes how the Web can take advantage of the new perspectives given by P2P applications to realize its full potential.