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Joseph M. Reagle Jr. (reagle@MIT.EDU)
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 18:36:08 -0500

I'd be interested in folks opinion of my description of computer networking!

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The first (rough) public draft of my paper on agents can be accessed on the
following page:
Agent: I dont think it means, what you think it means.

It includes the section on the technical etymology of agents and proxies,
and tries to explain concepts of vertical and lateral abstraction in
networking for non-techies -- more challenging AND fun than I thought! It
also peripherally criticizes current legal efforts that focus on enabling
services to exercise the necessary formalities for binding users to
agreements that the users cannot possibly understand.

Comments are welcome. I will probably submit whatever version I have on
Friday to the IASTED's LawTech '99 -- though I fear it may be too techie,
but that is the whole point....

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