Category Archives: Internet governance and political theory

Today’s communication architecture

Mark Jamison writes, Netflix and other large edge providers are bypassing the internet. More specifically, they are building or leasing their own networks designed to their specific needs and leaving the public internet — the system of networks that only … Continue reading

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Some questions about Google

Salil Mehta writes, On Friday afternoon East Coast Time by surprise, I was completely shut down in all my Google accounts (all of my gmail accounts, blog, all of my university pages that were on google sites, etc.) for no … Continue reading

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Internet hopes, disappointed

1. The death of distance. Supposedly, the Internet was going to reduce the importance of location. Instead, the economic importance of a few key cities seems to have increased. 2. Many of us foresaw the tebirth of highly decentralized markets, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Internet censorship

Tyler Cowen Alex Tabarrok writes, When Facebook and Twitter regulate what can be said on their platforms and Google and Apple regulate who can provide a platform, we have a big problem. It’s as if the NYTimes and the Washington … Continue reading

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Virginia Postrel on Martin Gurri

She writes, As information becomes abundant, he writes, “the regime accumulates pain points.” By this he means that problems like police brutality, economic mismanagement, foreign policy failures and botched responses to disasters “can no longer be concealed or explained away.” … Continue reading

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The Year I Beat Bill Gates

Shane Greenstein writes, Gates misinterpreted the value of the Internet’s commercial prospects. This error would take three interrelated forms in its conventional assessment: 1. Underestimating the Internet’s value to users; 2. Underestimating the myriad and clever ways entrepreneurs and established … Continue reading

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Emergent Anarcho-Capitalism

“Scott Alexander” reviews David Friedman’s classic, The Machinery of Freedom. My overall conclusion is that I am delighted by this fascinating and elegant system and would very much like to see it tried somewhere very far away from me. I … Continue reading

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Niall Ferguson on Networks and Hierarchies

He writes, European history in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries was characterized by a succession of network-driven waves of innovation: the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution. In each case, the sharing of novel ideas within networks … Continue reading

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Asymmetrical Surveillance

Bruce Schneier writes, welcome to a world where all of this, and everything else that you do or is done on a computer, is saved, correlated, studied, passed around from company to company without your knowledge or consent; and where … Continue reading

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Seeing Broadband Like a State

A commenter on my post on Why Large corporations? asks Any thoughts on subscription tv and/or broadband service? There are obviously economies of scale for the providers. But, how does that impact consumers? I think it is relatively easy to … Continue reading

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