Case Studies: Introduction
We chose to use case studies for our research. These in-depth investigations provide a more systematic understanding of how code regulates than the anecdotal accounts of code in the current literature. This page contains links to five of our case studies. They are:
The development of Apache by the open source movement. Apache is the most widely used web server.
Netscape's incorporation of the cookies technology into their web browser. Cookies are a technology that allows web sites to gather information about their visitors.
The development of the finger command, which reveals information about people on a computer network.
The development of the first popular web browser, NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) Mosaic, within a university.
The development of the Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) by the World Wide Web Consortium. PICS is a standard for labeling web pages for the purpose of limiting access to inappropriate material by minors.