Rohit Khare

Director, CommerceNet Labs

Decentralization in Commerce and Open Source
66 minutes, 30.5mb, recorded 2006-12-11
Topics: Open Source
Rohit Khare, Matt Asay

What are the differences between a centralized and decentralized system and how do they compare to a distributed system? Rohit Khare, Direct of CommerceNet Labs, is an expert on decentralized electronic commerce. He joins Phil and Matt in a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of a decentralized system.

Beginning with a review of a very public example of someone who fell for a Nigerian 419 scam, the group discusses the various facets of the stock market as a way to show the difference between centralized, distributed, and decentralized systems. They also discuss the rules for open source success and talk about the decentralized aspects of open source and DNS.

Rohit Khare is the Director of CommerceNet Labs, which is investigating decentralized electronic commerce. He is an award-winning researcher in the fields of Internet protocols and decentralized systems. He founded KnowNow in 2000 and previously worked on Internet standards development at MCI's Internet Architecture Group and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He founded 4K Associates and edited the World Wide Web Journal (W3J) for O'Reilly & Associates.

Prior to CommerceNet, Rohit founded KnowNow in 2000 based on his doctoral research at the Bren School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. There, he studied the development of application-layer Internet protocols and architectural styles for decentralized systems with Prof. Richard N. Taylor, for which he won an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award and was nominated for the ACM Distinguished Dissertation Award. Rohit received his B.S. in Economics and in Engineering and Applied Science with honors from Caltech in 1995 and his Master's and Ph.D. in Software Engineering from UC Irvine in 2000 and 2003, respectively.

Co-host Matt Asay is vice president of Business Development for Alfresco, the leading open source Enterprise Content Management company. Prior to Alfresco Matt co-founded Novell's Linux Business Office, founded the Open Source Business Conference, and ran embedded Linux vendor Lineo's Network & Communications division. Matt earned a JD from Stanford Law School, where he spent two of his three years studying open source licensing under Professor Lawrence Lessig. He serves on the advisory boards for SugarCRM, JasperSoft, Bungee Labs, MuleSource, and Specifix, and on the board for OSI.


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