STUTTGART, Germany, October 8, 2010—The German-based Alcatel-Lucent Stiftung for Communications Research today announced that Stanford Law School Associate Professor Barbara van Schewick has received its 2010 Prize for Technical Communication for her pioneering work in the area of Internet – Architecture, Innovation and Regulation. The award is considered one of the most prestigious awards conferred upon researchers working on technical, economic, legal or social aspects of communications networks in Germany.
Specifically, van Schewick is being recognized for making a significant contribution to the international dialogue on the internet and its architecture—both academically and in terms of regulatory matters, and for the extraordinary, interdisciplinary nature of her work, which combines Law, Economics, and the Information Sciences.
Van Schewick’s research covers economic, strategic and regulatory effects on communications networks; how changes in the architecture of the internet influence the economic environment for innovation and competition in the internet; and how the law should react to these changes. In this, her work serves to improve the understanding of fundamental design principles for communications networks and their relationship to the architecture of the internet. Van Schewick’s contributions on the topic of “net-neutrality” have significantly influenced academic and regulatory debate in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and the American Federal Communications Commission has relied upon van her expert opinions. Her ground-breaking book “Internet Architecture and Innovation” was published by MIT Press in the summer this year.