Press Release: September 28, 2000
O'Reilly Announces Peer-to-Peer Initiatives SEBASTOPOL, CA--The current buzz around peer-to-peer (P2P) services like Napster is dangerously distorted, says Tim O'Reilly, CEO of technical information firm O'Reilly & Associates. According to O'Reilly, "The music industry is positioning peer-to-peer as if it were an attack on copyright, when in fact, it's a technical approach that is fundamental to the architecture of the internet, and a key component of many innovative new applications."
O'Reilly hosted a group of 20 leaders of the emerging P2P industry in an examination of the technology's promise and limitations at a day-long Peer-to-Peer Summit in San Francisco on September 19. Participants (listed below) agreed that peer-to-peer is much more than file sharing--it's a range of technologies that unlock the latent power of the network and make more effective use of Internet resouces. Summit participants are building this new network-powered paradigm through distributed computing (i.e. SETI@Home, Popular Power), Web services (Eazel, SOAP, and Microsoft .NET), content syndication (Meerkat), pervasive computing via internet enabled devices (Sun, Intel, Red Hat), and instant messaging (Jabber).
O'Reilly is following the Summit with the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference, February 14-16 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, and Peer-to-Peer: The Disruptive Potential of Collaborative Networking, a book of essays by peer-to-peer leaders on projects including Gnutella, InfraSearch, Jabber, Freenet, Popular Power, MojoNation, Publius, FreeHaven, Red Rover, and SETI@Home.
"Peer-to-Peer" editor Andy Oram reports on the Summit in Peer-to-Peer Makes the Internet Interesting Again on the O'Reilly Network. Summit participant and Byte.com columnist Jon Udell offers his perspective in Peering: Remaking The P2P Meme: It's Not Just About Napster And Piracy..
Peer-to-Peer Summit ParticipantsSteve Burbeck
Senior Technical Staff Member
San Jose Mercury News
Software Wizard, Co-Founder
Carnegie Mellon University
Senior Member Technical Staff
O'Reilly & Associates
O'Reilly & Associates
Senior Staff, Advanced Research & Development, Aspen Lab
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