The Rumpus Interview with Astra Taylor:
It wasn’t that people wanted things for free and asked for advertising to fund it—it’s that these companies wanted to amass an audience whose “eyeballs” they could sell, and they gave people things for free to do that. Free services and content has been foisted upon us because there wasn’t the will power to explore other options.
Her new book sounds fascinating as well.
I’m 22 years old and what is this.
The future open web must be easier to use than the current social web, and knowing what to do with your own data cannot be a prerequisite. We will have passive users of the web, and the web needs them. If we exclude them, we risk creating a walled garden that lacks the perspectives and experiences of different types of people.
Mastering One’s Own Domain, and No, This is Not a Seinfeld Reference. Wise words about why it is good to own your own domain name instead of renting space from the latest silo. (via Dave Winer)
The Cable Internet Racket. Or, how not to provide customer service and why monopolies are bad.
Internet kill switch bill gets a makeover. Just one more shining example of how our representatives don’t know jack about how the web works or why it’s important. (via @matro)
Steve Wozniak writes a killer letter to the FCC.
Finally, the thought hit me that every time and in every way that the telecommunications careers have had power or control, we the people wind up getting screwed.
Probably the best thing I’ve read for contextualizing why we must have open and accessible internet access.
Dave Winer describes having FIOS installed in the East Village after his move:
Do you find that network installers hate to leave when the job is done? It always goes the same way at my house. When they walk in, they’re bored and don’t say much. When they finally see how my system is hooked up, they realize that I’ve got the nirvana they dream of.