Peer-to-peer: harnessing the benefits of disruptive technologies
O'Reilly, 2001, 004.68 ORA
The term "peer-to-peer" has come to be applied to networks that expect end users to contribute their own files, computing time, or other resources to some shared project. Even more interesting than the technical underpinnings of peer-to-peer systems, are their socially disruptive potential: the various ways they can return content, choice, and control to ordinary users. Presenting the goals that drive the developers of the best-known peer-to-peer systems, Andrew Oram explores the problems they've faced, and the technical solutions they've found. An RSA lecture on disruptive technology will take place on Thursday 15 June 2006, entitled: "Using Disruptive innovation to drive growth and change" .