Barbara is a Senior Researcher at the Telecommunication Networks Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Technical University Berlin, Germany, and a nonresidential fellow of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Barbara works with the German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung) to advise the German Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) on technology and innovation policy in the telecommunications sector. She also advises an Electronic Communications Committee Project Team on spectrum policy for the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the Germany regulatory agency responsible for telecommunications.
A lawyer and computer scientist by training, Barbara explores the economic, regulatory and strategic implications of communication networks. In particular, her research focuses on the economic, regulatory and strategic implications of network architecture, the regulation of broadband networks and spectrum policy. This work has made Barbara a leading expert on the issue of network neutrality. Her paper, Toward an Economic Framework for Network Neutrality, has already become one of the foundational sources on this issue. Among many other issues at stake in the intense debate over net neutrality is the prospect that broadband service providers might divide the Internet into two tiers. Barbara is also the author of Architecture and Innovation: The Role of the End-to-End Arguments in the Original Internet, slated for publication in 2007 by the MIT Press.
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