Douglas Rushkoff The Next Net. The moment the "net neutrality" debate began was the moment the net neutrality debate was lost.
For once the fate of a network - its fairness, its rule set, its capacity for social or economic reformation - is in the hands of policymakers and the corporations funding them - that network loses its power to effect change. The mere fact that lawmakers and lobbyists now control the future of the net should be enough to turn us elsewhere. Of course the Internet was never truly free, bottom-up, decentralized, or chaotic. Yes, it may have been designed with many nodes and redundancies for it to withstand a nuclear attack, but it has always been absolutely controlled by central authorities. From its Domain Name Servers to its IP addresses, the Internet depends on highly centralized mechanisms to send our packets from one place to another. I'm not trying to be a downer here, or knock the possibilities for networking. That's right.
It is not rocket science. Wikileaks, The Pirate Party, And The Future Of The Internet. How to save Julian Assange's movement from itself.
American diplomacy seems to have survived Wikileaks’s “attack on the international community,” as Hillary Clinton so dramatically characterized it, unscathed. Save for a few diplomatic reshuffles, Foggy Bottom doesn’t seem to be deeply affected by what happened. Certainly, the U.S. government at large has not been paralyzed by the leaks—contrary to what Julian Assange had envisioned in one of his cryptic-cum-visionary essays, penned in 2006. In a fit of technological romanticism, Assange may have underestimated the indispensability of American power to the international system, the amount of cynicism that already permeates much of Washington’s political establishment, and the glaring lack of interest in foreign policy particulars outside the Beltway. Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World (9780195152661): Jack Goldsmith, Tim Wu.
FCC net neutrality decision sets up court battle, say experts. The US Federal Communications Commission's recent vote to impose net neutrality rules on broadband providers will lead to lengthy court battles, as well as efforts in Congress to repeal the rules, a group of Internet law experts said Wednesday.
Even supporters of the FCC's Dec. 21 vote predicted that multiple court challenges are likely as soon as the FCC officially publishes the new rules in the Federal Register. Court challenges to the rules are "inevitable," said Colin Crowell, former senior counselor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski . Eben Moglen Is Reshaping Internet With a Freedom Box. Freedomboxfoundation.
Eben Moglen. DIASPORA* Net Neutrality: Save the Internet from Corporate Censorship! By Sarah Aird, member of Amnesty International USA’s Board of Directors Amnesty International activists know how important the Internet is for sharing news, information, and strategy about human rights abuses around the world.
From satellite images of Darfur to Amnesty reports documenting Shell Oil’s involvement in human rights abuses in the Niger Delta, from correspondence among Amnesty’s country specialists to online urgent actions in support of Aung Sun Suu Kyi, the Internet is critical to our work. But today, the Internet as we know it is at risk. FCC: We didn't impose stricter net neutrality regulations on wireless because Android is open. Rest assured that we're working on a full analysis of the FCC's major net neutrality decision today, but the Commission hasn't actually released the full text of the order yet, and we just came across something in the press release we wanted to break out: one of the specific reasons the FCC gives for regulating wireless broadband more lightly than wireline is the release of Android.
Seriously -- the release says that only "measured steps" to regulating wireless are necessary because "open operating systems like Android" have been released, and that it wants to see how Verizon and other 700MHz spectrum winners handle the hotly-contested openness requirement when building out 4G. Here's the full quote: Further, we recognize that there have been meaningful recent moves toward openness, including the introduction of open operating systems like Android. FCC Net Neutrality Vote Is Just The Beginning. Photo © 2005 dougward | more info (via: Wylio)In a 3-2 vote split down party lines the FCC approved the first “enforceable” net neutrality regulations this morning.
These rules face opposition from all sides, with some holding that FCC has overstepped its boundaries and others saying that the still unpublished framework does not offer enough protection. FCC Blackout. Was It Google And Verizon Or The FCC That Just Screwed Us On Mobile Net Neutrality? We’ve already covered the FCC Net Neutrality vote earlier today, but something new has come to light.
Something that’s very odd. Something that’s quite frankly a little terrifying. Engadget dug up the FCC’s release [PDF] and found the following nugget buried in the all-important section “Measured Steps for Mobile Broadband”: Further, we recognize that there have been meaningful recent moves toward openness, including the introduction of open operating systems like Android. Steve Wozniak on the FCC and Internet freedom. Earlier today, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak published a passionate open letter to the FCC that described his personal history with the telecommunications industry.
Wozniak followed that up with a surprise appearance at the Federal Communication Commission’s public hearing on new open Internet rules and net neutrality. Steven Levy of Wired Magazine tweeted about the unexpected arrival: “Woz is at FCC hearing to speak against the plan–sez that with these rules, he couldn’t have done Apple.”
Interviewed by various media outlets after the hearing (see video below), Wozniak explained his presence at the hearing: I wanted to be here because this day was so significant to my life. I had a ham radio license when I was 10 years old. What is "Net Neutrality?" Long Live the Web. The Open Internet: A Case for Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality Timeline. La belle histoire de la neutralité des réseaux » Article » OWNI, Digital Journalism. Perdu dans la neutralité ?
Pour y voir plus clair, Lobbynomics réalise un éclairage original du concept, à travers l'histoire des réseaux de télécommunication. L’histoire de la neutralité des réseaux depuis la fin du 18e siècle, quel intérêt ? Si l’on considère cette idée à l’aune du seul réseau Internet, difficile de saisir l’utilité d’une telle remontée dans le temps. Mais si cet embranchement de tuyaux est aujourd’hui au centre de toutes les attentions, il ne faut pas oublier que d’autres moyens de télécommunication, avant lui, ont jeté les bases de la réflexion actuelle sur la neutralité.
Lobbynomics a retracé la sinueuse histoire réticulaire dans une infographie, consacrée au déploiement des lignes de télécommunications américaines et européennes entre 1770 et 2010. C’est d’ailleurs dans cette perspective mi-figue, mi-raisin que la FCC, équivalent de notre Arcep national aux États-Unis, s’est effectivement prononcée, peu avant Noël. Infographie initialement publiée sur Lobbynomics.
Tim Wu: Net Neutrality and Free Speech. Network neutrality: A tangled web. A Net Neutrality Timeline: How We Got Here: Tech News « Updated:The FCC Tuesday voted 3:2 to approve an order that will enshrine the policies of network neutrality — the idea that ISPs can’t hinder or discriminate against lawful content flowing through their pipes — as regulations enforced by the commission.
While legal challenges remain, and the text of the full order won’t be out for a few days, here’s the gist of what’s in store, as I explained last night: The order contains three sections that set policies around transparency, create a prohibition against blocking lawful content on wireline networks and certain types of content on wireless networks, and set up rules preventing unreasonable discrimination. More analysis will come later. Update: Here’s the release discussing the order, and the full order itself will come in a few days. As for how we got here, this is a brief recap of the events and decisions leading up to today’s vote: Lessig: It's Time to Demolish the FCC. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Home Page.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Home Page. DOC-303745A1. FCC To Push 'Net Neutrality' - Bloomberg. Telecomix. Telecomix (telecomix) Timothy Karr: Obama FCC Caves on Net Neutrality. Late Monday, a majority of the FCC's commissioners indicated that they're going to vote with Chairman Julius Genachowski for a toothless Net Neutrality rule.
According to all reports, the rule, which will be voted on during tomorrow's FCC meeting, falls drastically short of earlier pledges by President Obama and the FCC Chairman to protect the free and open Internet. Cerf: Governments shouldn?t have a monopoly on Internet governance. The beauty of the Internet is that it’s not controlled by any one group. Its governance is bottoms-up—with academics, non-profits, companies and governments all working to improve this technological wonder of the modern world. This model has not only made the Internet very open—a testbed for innovation by anyone, anywhere—it's also prevented vested interests from taking control. But last week the UN Committee on Science and Technology announced that only governments would be able to sit on a working group set up to examine improvements to the IGF—one of the Internet’s most important discussion forums.
This move has been condemned by the Internet Governance Caucus, the Internet Society (ISOC), the International Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations—who have published a joint letter (PDF) and launched an online petition to mobilize opposition. Petition: UN Needs to Ensure Open and Inclusive Internet Governance. The UN Needs to Ensure an Open and Inclusive Approach to Internet Governance. I'm asking the Secretary-General of the United Nations to set up the working group on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum in an open and inclusive process that ensures a mechanism for the full and active participation of governments, the private sector and civil society from both developing and developed countries.
Links The Internet Society The Internet Society (ISOC) is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education and policy. IGF-Working-Group-Decision1. Is a UN Internet takeover looming? Not quite. Perhaps you saw or heard the headlines last Friday or over the weekend: the United Nations could take over the Internet! (Or, as the Drudge Report put it, "UN PLANS INTERNET REGULATION. ") This, you may not be surprised to learn, isn't quite accurate. A UN working group is currently talking about what, if anything, it could do to improve the operation of its Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a group devoted to dialogue but possessing no decision-making powers.
But some are making plans to give the UN far more power. Google and Verizon Joint Submission on the Open Internet. Net Neutrality as Diplomacy. A joint policy proposal for an open Internet. Posted by Alan Davidson, Google director of public policy and Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy, and communications. Google, Verizon and net neutrality: reaction from the web. Google has denied that it is in talks with Verizon about a plan to charge digital content makers to have their traffic routed more quickly. Photograph: Ryan Anson/AF/Getty. Industry Cautious on Net Neutrality Rules. FCC Commissioner On Verizon-Google Proposal: Time To Put Consumers First. Not thrilled with this morning’s Verizon-Google seven-tier joint policy proposal, FCC Commissioner Michael J. Why Google Became A Carrier-Humping, Net Neutrality Surrender Monkey (UPDATED) ANALYSIS — In 2007, when the Android OS was still vaporware, Google made a gutsy $4.6 billion bet on mobile net neutrality.
Facebook Enters the Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Debate. A paper trail of betrayal: Google's net neutrality collapse. Compromis over netneutraliteit mislukt. 6 aug. 2010 door René Schoemaker Google+ Nieuws - Een compromis over netneutraliteit lijkt verder weg dan ooit. De Amerikaanse FCC heeft de gesprekken met grote marktspelers als Verizon, Skype, Google en Amazon afgebroken.
Google Is Anakin, Verizon Is The Emperor, And The Dark Side Is Winning. Editor’s note: Jonathan Askin is Associate Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School and Founding Director of the Brooklyn Law and Incubator Policy Clinic (BLIP). Franken: Net Neutrality "Biggest Issue Since Freedom of Reli. Keen on … Net Neutrality: Is America Losing its Edge? (TCTV) Is America losing its edge? Phase II - - Kommentare: ONI Home Page. Bill of Rights in Cyberspace, amended « BuzzMachine. I’m still refining my thoughts on a Bill of Rights in Cyberspace — the latest version in preparation for tomorrow’s PDF symposium on WIkileaks and transparency. The idea is to have principles we can point to when dealing with such events as Wikileaks, Google/Verizon, Google/China, and so on. Try this on for size: I. Net neutrality is hypocrisy. Neutrality Or Bust. EXCLUSIVE: FCC Dems Narrowing Net Neutrality Gaps.
Net-neutrality battle peaks. Senate Session. Al Franken: The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time. De Maizière scheint für staatliche Regelung zu Netzneutralität zu sein : netzpolitik.org. Google / Verizon.