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Net Neutrality: The Market for Messaging

We are bombarded with messaging. Political messaging. Commercial messaging. All designed to get us to illicit a certain response, namely to buy a product or support a package. Net neutrality is no different. Large internet portals like Google and Facebook … Continue reading

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Why wouldn’t government want Comcast and Google to manage your information?

American households represent untapped information that government wants to grow, harvest, and exploit. Local, state, and federal governments have data on your birth, your matriculation through school, your educational status, your income, your health records, your marital status, the schools … Continue reading

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Congress nudges FCC back to its primary mission

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve S.J. Res 34, a resolution that invalidates privacy rules enacted by the Federal Communications Commission last December. The rules imposed common carrier privacy restrictions on broadband providers. Opponents of the Commission’s … Continue reading

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Net neutrality: An example of the progressive use of statism

Kevin Carson wrote a blog post on net neutrality for the Center for a Stateless Society last month where he describes the primary and secondary purposes of the state. According to Mr. Carson, the state’s primary purpose is the organized … Continue reading

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Streamlining the vitriol out of #Twitter and #Facebook

Social media can be downright nasty.  Last week I dropped a high school classmate from my Facebook posse.  Personal attacks combined with no willingness to exercise clear thought made the deletion a no-brainer. I’ve had to do the same thing … Continue reading

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#Transparency is an over-hyped concept for the naive

Transparency is an over-hyped concept for the politically naive … Edward Snowden. Bradley Manning. Net neutrality supporters. You are young and stupid. Your “share everything on Facebook” view of the world is introverted and unrealistic. Unfortunately we have a bunch … Continue reading

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Are we being corralled?

One form of capital that is growing, at least organically, is human physical capital and the private information that comes along with it.  For the moment, I distinguish this from human capital in the form of knowledge and skills.  Our … Continue reading

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Spectrum as natural capital

Natural capital is defined as any stock or flow of energy and material that produces goods and services.  Natural capital includes renewable and non-renewable resources.   By definition that should also include the electromagnetic field surrounding the Earth that we … Continue reading

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I’m less and less impressed with technology

In this glitzy, fast-paced world of new technology what I’m about to say is sacrilege, but I’m really not impressed with a lot of what is being produced, especially by the media darlings such as Yahoo!, Facebook, and Google.  In … Continue reading

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Should consumers have to pay for Google’s failure to transition to social networking?

An interesting discussion today on CNBC regarding Google’s apparent declining fortunes in the area of search. According to Fortune Magazine senior writer Michael Copeland, Google’s core search business is declining. This is a result of competition from Microsoft’s search engine … Continue reading

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