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Jimmy Wales’ Open Internet Problem

The Personal Democracy Forum is one of the foremost gatherings anywhere of people who use the Internet.  Wander around and you will find entrepreneurs, developers, writers, activists (and many of those here fall into multiple categories) all of whom are working in some form on political activity online.

And so the problem, and the promise, of trying to make sure that Internet remained open showed up starkly in the first presentation, by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.  In the on-stage interview with PDF founder Andrew Rasiej, Wales was asked (full disclosure: I asked the question) whether the concept whether the Internet could contribute to a new governance structure depended on everyone having access to broadband and to a non-discriminatory Internet.

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Rep. Doyle (D-PA) Shows Washington How To Stand Up To Corporate Front Groups


The faux populist group Americans For Prosperity has been running ads against network neutrality in Mike Doyle’s (D-PA) district in Pittsburgh. Doyle’s response? A letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski telling him to ignore faux populist FUD from AFP, hold firm, and move full speed ahead to protect consumers while Congress takes up the work of updating the Communications Act for a more comprehensive approach.

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Our Pop Technology Culture Is In Danger

We live in a golden age of Pop Technology.  Pop Technology is a lot like pop culture, or pop music, except that instead of having a fascination for an object (pet rock), a fashion trend (shoulder pads for women) or a singer (Lady Gaga), the immediate objects of public fascination are standalone Web programs or apps for a device, like an iPhone or an Android.

Pop Technology is hip and cool, and may last only for a little while.  It’s Blippy or Swipely or Billshrink.  Some PopTech may catch fire or disappear into a crowded app-scape.  My Space was the standard-bearer of social networking until it wasn’t.  

More important, however, is the environment which nurtured the development of all the cool stuff. The crucial question whether those forces will be able to survive or whether they will be beaten into submission.

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Hamlet on 12th Street (SW)

The turmoil and angst of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, so long speculated about (here and elsewhere) have now been laid bare, thanks to three FCC sources who talked with Washington Post reporter Cecilia Kang.

According to the story, Genachowski is leaning toward trying to find a way to salvage his Open Internet policies through the existing legal structure that was largely, but not completely, shot down by the U.S. Appeals Court, D.C. Circuit, on April 6.  He wants to use the generic authority of Title I of the Communications Act, coupled with language in the law which calls for the FCC to “encourage” more broadband deployment.

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