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California’s Unlawful Net Neutrality Law

The Justice Department has already filed suit to block the California law, so this is the time for supporters to bring forward the case law they claim supports their position. Don’t hold your breath.

October 2, 2018 0

Europe Gets Serious About Copyright

EFF claims that Article 13 is an “extinction level event for the Internet.” Please, haven’t we had enough of that sort of hysteria? The Internet will remain a vibrant and vital system for communication despite – and perhaps because of – reforms such as Article 13.

September 12, 2018 0

Wireless ISPs Manage Video Streams Under High Load

The Wehe data doesn’t tell us whether the observed behavior is consistent with company disclosures or general net neutrality conventions. While we don’t expect legal opinions from network performance scholars, it’s important to know more about the triggers of network management. 

September 5, 2018 0

Senator Markey Redesigns the Internet

In reality, the Markey amicus doesn’t describe the Internet that we use today. It addresses an entirely different system that didn’t exist in the past either. ISP service is combination of transmission and information processing that serves the needs of the information society. And it appears to be serving those needs pretty darned well.

August 29, 2018 0

Making the Internet Secure Once Again

An awful lot of things that are sold to us as improvements to Internet security simply deliver more information into the hands of a small group of companies. Whether that’s a good thing is for you to decide, but for my own part I like to be selective about what I share with which players.

August 27, 2018 0

Emotion Threatens Reason in Tech Policy

Enjoying the benefits of ICT and the Information Age requires us to adopt new models of regulation that are fit for the task. For this to happen, we’ll need to stop demonizing every new invention for the sake of eyeballs, audience, and ad revenues.

August 24, 2018 0

Mob-Driven Internet Policy

The Obama FCC admitted that it could not find the sweet spot. In the 2015 Open Internet Order, former Chairman Wheeler simply claimed regulatory authority to sanction firms for behaviors he could not anticipate. Rather than creating bright line rules, Wheeler raised his voice and issued threats. Angry threats have subsequently become the preferred way to regulate not only the Internet but its regulators as well. This is not productive, but it’s the road chosen by many.

August 15, 2018 0

John Oliver’s Attacks on the FCC

There is ample evidence that the FCC gave proper consideration to the useful and relevant legal, economic, and technical comments offered in the proceeding. The fact that John Oliver’s audience is angry isn’t relevant, and it’s not even news.

August 9, 2018 0

No Free Speech Shields for Frauds

Monopoly Platform Crisis

How hard would it be for platforms to add a condition to their terms of use to the effect that they will not host content for firms that engage in intentional, deliberate deception to sell products? This is different from regulating their speech and potentially more effective.

August 7, 2018 0

CyberTurfing: The Way Democracy Ends

These tools enable one activist to look to the Internet like a whole crowd. It also enables activists to look like they vote in districts where they don’t live and to make phone calls to Congress that look like they come from constituents when they don’t. This is a corruption of our democracy.

July 30, 2018 0