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[ | 4 Apr 2011 | Comments Off on So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish… | ]
So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish…

Nick R. Brown takes his leave from Digital Society.

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[ | 1 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
George Ou moving to High Tech Forum

As of today, April 1 2011, I am leaving Digital Society and moving to
High Tech Forum.
I would like to thank Jon Henke for this great opportunity to work with him and the rest of my Digital Society colleagues including Mike Turk, Nick Brown, James Delong, Brett Swanson, and Steve Effros.  It’s been a great team whose individual and combined intellect I value and I will continue to read their insight.
I also look forward to working with my new colleagues at High Tech Forum who are walking libraries of technical insight.  I enjoyed …

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[ | 7 Feb 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Conflating DPI with Egypt to exploit a crisis

Deep packet inspection or web crawlers had nothing to do with the Egyptian Internet shutdown, but Free Press rarely lets facts get in the way of exploiting a good crisis to call for government hearings. Ironically, it was Free Press asking the FCC to regulate Internet speech for decency.

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[ | 5 Aug 2010 | Comments Off on The incoherency of Net Neutrality news coverage | ]
The incoherency of Net Neutrality news coverage

Edward Wyatt of the New York Times has sounded the alert to a possible deal on Net Neutrality between Google and Verizon and many in the blogosphere including GigaOm is decrying this as a betrayal of Net Neutrality. Aside from the fact that this story is based on many vague and undisclosed sources, the story is wrong on the facts, self contradictory, and incoherent.

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[ | 14 Jul 2010 | Comments Off on Research: $35 Billion Government Media Take Over | ]
Research: $35 Billion Government Media Take Over

Thierer publishes a work looking into the desire of Robert McChesney and Free Press to model the Works Progress Administration of the New Deal in order to fund a government run media agency.

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[ | 21 May 2010 | Comments Off on Yet another ‘box’ for the living room | ]
Yet another ‘box’ for the living room

With the announcement of Google TV, we have yet another box to connect in the living room though it seems a bit half baked at the moment. Many have tried their hand at convergence of TV and Internet such as Microsoft with their media center PC or other various Linux based devices such as Boxee or Roku. Even the mighty Apple has had a difficult time carving out anything more than a niche in the TV market.

Digital Economy, Internet, Media, Video & Gaming »

[ | 20 May 2010 | One Comment | ]
Google’s VP8 video codec falls way short in tests

Two video codec experts have examined Google’s VP8 video compression codec and they don’t bode well for the new codec. VP8 is supposed to be at the heart of the new WebM open media project for squeezing video down to a much smaller size while minimizing the noticeable loss of quality.

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[ | 17 May 2010 | One Comment | ]
What part of the Internet do you want to regulate?

The Open Internet Coalition (OIC) which has been lobbying hard for reclassification seems to have gotten their wish from the FCC chairman, but neither has offered a good explanation of what such a legally risky maneuver can actually accomplish even if it is successful. When asked about the parts of the Internet that would be regulated under Title II, the Open Internet Coalition dodged the question.

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[ | 13 May 2010 | Comments Off on Never waste a good conspiracy theory | ]
Never waste a good conspiracy theory

When it comes to exploiting fabricated conspiracy theories to smear their enemies, the extreme Net Neutrality advocacy groups seems to have mastered every trick over the last 4 years.  From knowingly and falsely smearing phone companies of blocking earth quake relief efforts this year to wrongly accusing Cox Communications of blocking Craig’s List, they’re at it again accusing AT&T of a “secret plan” to fund an Astroturf group to attack Net Neutrality.  Their evidence?  They’ve found a “secret” PowerPoint slide.
But thanks to some good investigative journalism from Declan McCullagh at CNET, we …

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[ | 10 May 2010 | Comments Off on Danger! Media at Work | ]
Danger! Media at Work

A post on Saturday mused on the difficulty of combating the simplistic memes of the Free Culture Movement. The theme is continued today, this time by examining the simplistic memes that characterize conventional news media — with a bit on the Congress tossed in for good measure.
The Washington Post has a feature called Story Lab, which is “where readers and reporters will come together to create and shape stories.”  The lead-off example it uses is “this pioneering effort by a radio station that asked its audience to go out and …