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.
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.
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.