Tim Berners-Lee is Depressed about the Web

The web’s greatest shortcoming, as well the greatest shortcoming of the Internet before the web, is the absence of tools for commerce in the plumbing. The web needs to provide each user with a persistent identity – or more, and they don’t need to be real – and a dance card for all the permissions we’ve given for data collectors to record our activities.

March 16, 2018 0

The Trouble with End-to-End

The disconnect between the way the Internet really is and the way neutrality advocates wish it were came into stark relief today: while some Congressmen were outside the Capitol giving speeches on the importance of net neutrality, those inside the building voted to make significant, harmful changes to Section 230, the real protector of Internet speech. And they didn’t even notice.

February 27, 2018 0

Network Management: What it is and Why We Need It

In this video, Peter Rysavy and I lay out the highlights of network management. This is a topic that is almost universal in public policy because so many issues relate…

February 1, 2018 0

The Firefox Fast Lane

We all prioritize thing that matter over things that don’t. The Internet need not be an exception to this rule.

December 21, 2017 0

The Internet After Net Neutrality

Let’s not be distracted by shiny objects any more. The Internet still has tremendous promise as well as serious problems to solve. Making it better through continuous experimentation should be the top priority.

December 12, 2017 0

The Great Social Media Freakout

Senator Al Franken got Silicon Valley’s attention by proposing to apply net neutrality regulations to mega-gatekeepers Google, Facebook, Twitter, et al. Writing in The Guardian, the senator correctly observed that…

November 14, 2017 0

Depressing Investment Figures

Investment Trends

Figures released by US Telecom on Tuesday showed reduced spending on broadband infrastructure for the second year in a row. While 2014 was the best year for broadband investment since the fiber bubble…

November 1, 2017 0

My Reply Comments on Restoring Internet Freedom

Today I filed a critique of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Engineers Letter” with the FCC. The letter, based on a an amicus brief filed in support of the 2015 Open…

August 29, 2017 0

Free Speech Now! Kinda…

Free speech is taking a beating on the Internet and ISPs have nothing to do with it. This is peculiar because activists have long insisted that ISPs are the greatest – and…

August 24, 2017 0

Internet Pioneers Discuss Network Architecture and Regulation

Internet regulation is like the Game of Thrones, a battle between parochial interests that ignores the threat of an innovation-less winter.

August 16, 2017 0