A Tech-Econ Mashup with a Libertarian Flavor

How to be Anti-Net Neutrality Without Being a Reactionary Conservative or a Corporate Shill

1. Techno-literacy: Know how the internet and various other “technical things” work.

2. Cultural Relevance: Stay up-to-date with the trends shaping the ‘net, current internet memes, video games, tech news, and other tech-geek stuff. If you’re a digital artist, IT professional, or software engineer, even better.

3. Be One of the Common People: Don’t make too much money. If you aren’t a lawyer and you aren’t on the bankroll of a corporation with a vested interest, this is easy.

4. Credibility: Don’t be one of those self-appointed, overpaid “social media gurus.” Digital marketing is a legit business, but it’s difficult to know whether you’re getting the real deal or one of these tech-hipsters who doesn’t know the difference between “trendy” and “useful.” Many of them hop onto the neutrality wagon because it signals that they are cool, tech-savvy, and perhaps even “leet.”

4. Be Forward-Thinking: Recognize how fast and dynamic inter-connected masses of people are; market conditions can change rapidly, but internet market conditions can change overnight.

5. Liberalism*: Be an avid supporter of free-speech. Not in a reluctant, holding-your-nose way, either. Optimally, support other progressive-liberal civil issues like gay marriage and separation of church and state. Bash conservative politicians whenever it is convenient to do so.

6. Skepticism: Be wary of the government, politicians, and politically-appointed regulators in pretty much any situation. In fact, be skeptical of the entire political process. Recall that “Deception is an inherent, inseparable part of politics. Politics itself is a big lie.

7. Face the Reality: Recognize that corporate interests pay legions of lawyers hundreds of millions of dollars to shape policy in their favor. Thus, policies and regulations originally intended to benefit the many in practice will generally benefit the few and well-represented.

8. Rhetoric: Articulate your disdain for net neutrality well, explaining how government regulation of one internet layer will lead to regulation of all layers, and how government regulation of the medium is anathema to free speech. Be artful, logical, savvy, reasonable, and compelling. You’ve got an uphill battle ahead of you.

Are there any other rules I should add to the list?

*Liberalism in the old-world definition: i.e. advocacy of the individual’s rights and limited government intervention.


Filed under: Internet, Politics,

South Korean Government Pwns the Ppl.

March 2008: The new South Korean government is elected with help from web-savvy voters who take the campaign to the ‘net.

May 2008: The newly-elected South Korean government votes to allow American beef back into the country; the internet serves as a channel for exaggerated rumors of Mad Cow Disease; general panic spreads across the country and complete madness ensues.

August 2008: The South Korean government attempts to enact wide-sweeping regulation over the internet.

The proposed rules include: a requirement that internet companies to make their search algorithms public; regulation over any internet company that publishes any news stories; and the power to suspend any news article thought to be slanderous or fraudulent (free speech/press, anyone?). As contrary to the free-information internet-spirit as all of these measures are, the award for the most asinine requirement has to go to real-name verification of all registered forum and chatroom users.

That’s right, the South Korean government is attempting to deny its citizens their right to anonymously troll forums full of thirteen-year-olds and harass n00bs. South Korea suxx0rs.

The UK Guardian has an article here.

HT: 463

Filed under: Internet, , , ,

Best Network Management Practices?

Today the Google folks are blogging about network management practices. The main thrust of the article:

“So the real question for today’s broadband networks is not whether they need to be managed, but rather how.”

How, indeed. Transmission rate caps, two-tiered pricing, and privately-owned connections (especially exciting for nerds like yours truly) are among the many suggestions put forth by experts. However service providers decide to manage their networks, what’s important is that it is the network engineers and IT specialists deciding the best management practices for their particular company, and not a regulatory body mandating a series of one-size-fits-all, innovation-stifling “solutions.”

Filed under: Information Tech, Uncategorized, ,

Sen. Stevens Noes Teh Internets.

Well, you’ve probably heard all about Sen. Ted “The Internet is a Series of Tubes” Stevens’ recent fall from grace.

Speaking of his ridiculous “internets speech”, I’m curious if the net neutrality folks (those who have a clue on how the net works) have ever heard of a concept like “consumers pressuring service providers to increase bandwidth capacity.” What a novel idea.

Filed under: Computers and Software, Uncategorized, ,


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