"net neutrality" entries

FCC.gov poised for an overdue overhaul

FCC managing director Steven VanRoekel on participation and building platforms.

The Federal Communications Commission is prepping a significant reboot of its website. In this interview, FCC managing director Steven VanRoekel explains how citizen participation and open government are shaping the new FCC.gov.

The network neutrality debate: It all depends on what you fear

Network neutrality confuses a lot of laypeople because of all the different levels on which it's being argued and the opposing ways language is used by different
participants. Andy Oram takes a look at the loaded words in the net neutrality debate.

Four short links: 12 August 2010

Four short links: 12 August 2010

Network Neutrality, Open Data, Science Policy, and the Android Army

  1. A Review of Verizon and Google’s Net Neutrality Proposal (EFF) — a mixture of good and bad, is the verdict. I am ready to give Google credit for getting Network Neutrality back on the regulatory agenda, whether or not this proposal was a strawman.
  2. Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information (Sunlight Foundation) — We have updated and expanded upon the Sebastopol list and identified ten principles that provide a lens to evaluate the extent to which government data is open and accessible to the public. The list is not exhaustive, and each principle exists along a continuum of openness. The principles are completeness, primacy, timeliness, ease of physical and electronic access, machine readability, non-discrimination, use of commonly owned standards, licensing, permanence and usage costs.
  3. What If the Web Really Worked for Science? Reimagining Data Policy and Intellectual Property (video) — a talk by James Boyle on IP and science policy.
  4. Winners of the Apps for Army Challenge — more Android apps than iPhone in the winners. (via Alex)

Wacky Google/Verizon net neutrality theory

Nobody knew for a long time what Google and Verizon were cooking up on the network neutrality front, and after the release of their brief, two-page roadmap nobody still knows. All the usual Internet observers have had their say, and in general the assessment is negative. My first reaction was to ignore the whole thing, mainly because the language of the agreement didn't match any Internet activity I could recognize.

What I get and don't get about the Google/Verizon proposal

Andy Oram: I disdain the Google/Verizon agreement from an editor's
point of view, but don't mind it as a user. The proposal probably won't be adopted in any regulatory context — it's too vague and limited — but it's interesting for what it says about Google and Verizon.