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Demystifying Networking 29-Nov-2010 (Updated: 09-Feb-2011
PDFExchanging bits is a simple idea but one that is shrouded in misunderstandings that keep us dependent upon service providers. If see past the mystery and understand networking we can fund infrastructure as a public good. It would give us the kind generative opportunity that a service provider can't give. In fact the service providers very existence depends upon keeping their users dependent and limited.
Is Verizon taking on Netflix and reducing our dependence on the physical cable?
Zombies Ahead 04-Jul-2010
Hardening the Internet plumbing and have government sponsored identity doesn't address the complex concept of trust. How do we know to ignore signs saying "Zombies Ahead"and pay attention to signs saying "US-1".
Broadband – DRM and Purpose 13-Mar-2010
PDFAt $1000/household/year the ability to communicate seems more like a privilege than a right. It doesn't help that the broadband claims sound more like snake oil than technology.
Frankston’s Imperative 10-Feb-2010 (Updated: 11-Feb-2010
PDFI was challenged to explain my concepts in five minutes. Sheldon Renan came up with the term "Frankston's Imperative". I plan to post a written version of this talk in the near future. Very simply people communicate using a common infrastructure. It was different in the 1800's when private companies built a special infrastructure just to send telegrams. Today people use their own devices to communicate. The devices just exchange bits but the meaning is external to infrastructure. In the 1860's we sold telecom as a service. Today we need a common infrastructure funded as a whole.
Speaking of jobs 15-Jan-2010
We need to come to terms with the changing nature of jobs as we did in the 1800's when sewing machines came on the scene.