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Thank You, Tim Berners-Lee

Twenty years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee posted this announcement on Usenet (the main Internet forums of the day). The key line: “The WorldWideWeb (WWW) project aims to allow links to be made to any information anywhere.” Berners-Lee didn’t just give

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The FCC’s weak new “open Internet” rules

This article was originally published on Salon.com on December 21, 2010. A partisan vote on Tuesday displeases everyone. And everyone’s right The neutering of the Internet is now the unofficial policy of the Federal Communications Commission. Contrary to the happy

Posted in Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read, Law, Rules

Online, the censors are scoring big wins

This article was originally published on Salon.com on December 3, 2010. Attacks on WikiLeaks are part of an attack on free speech, aided by the companies that make up the Web’s backbone UPDATED The WikiLeaks affair is highlighting the Internet’s soft

Posted in Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create, Law, Your Online Presence

A few questions about the WikiLeaks release

This article was originally published on Salon.com on November 29, 2010. Among others: How secret are diplomatic cables when 3 million people have access to them? UPDATED Once again, WikiLeaks has thrown governments and journalists into a maelstrom of fear, uncertainty

Posted in Ethics, Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create, Law

Now we have to jailbreak our Android phones, too

This article was originally published on Salon on August 23, 2010. As Google gives carriers more sway over the operating system, customers need more options When Google introduced the Nexus One smartphone early this year, we got a glimpse into what

Posted in Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read, Tools

Google-Verizon plan: Why you should worry

This article was originally published on Salon on August 9, 2010. Ominous references to the “public Internet” inescapably suggest something else entirely So Google and Verizon had not, in fact, cooked up a special business dealfor their mutual benefit. But what

Posted in Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read, Law

Network neutrality’s corporate adversaries

This article was originally published on Salon on August 5, 2010. Reports of backroom deals by big players that would inhibit Web freedom are unconfirmed, but should make us uneasy UPDATED The Internet is abuzz with worries that the Bloomberg news

Posted in Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read, Law

Yes, you can jailbreak your phone

This article was originally published on Salon on July 27, 2010. Federal ruling allows slightly more freedom to use what you’ve bought the way you want, but much more is needed Good news in the copyright world is rare, but

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Saving our digital heritage

This article was originally published on Salon on July 19, 2010. The Library of Congress and other preservation-minded organizations ponder how we preserve what we’re creating They’re trying to save the news. Among other things. No, this isn’t yet another

Posted in Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read, Your Online Presence

Don’t txt that goal!

This article was originally published on Salon on July 10, 2010. Soccer officials and their foolish rules, trying to restrict what fans can say from inside the stadium In the technology whack-a-mole sweepstakes, please meet this month’s winner: FIFA, the cartel

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