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

California Dreaming…about the Internet

Consumers were easy to get wound up about their ISPs ten years ago, when the Internet was new to them and their access to it was gated by a high-priced broadband plan. But I’m not so sure consumer rage is to easily channeled today

February 15, 2018 0

The Vast 5G Conspiracy and Other Oddities

In this edition of the High Tech Forum podcast, Richard and Shane discuss the report from Axios (or was it InfoWars?) about a White House intern’s plan for government takeover…

February 2, 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

Flame-Grilled Whopper Marketing Strategy

To the amusement of many, Burger King has thrown its crown in the ring for net neutrality. Recode’s Tony Romm correctly diagnosed the move as a calculated effort by the…

January 25, 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 Myth of Internet Fast Lanes

Should three unelected bureaucrats be able to reverse three other unelected bureaucrats on vital social, political, and economic questions? This is the haunting question for Internet policy in the United…

December 19, 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

Training Wheels for the Internet

We’re on the brink of the rollout of a new technology that promises to offer more competition for residential broadband. Allowing 5G to flourish is much more important than keeping the training wheels on the Internet.

December 6, 2017 0