From Gizmodo A federal court dealt a deadly blow to net neutrality
on Tuesday by striking down the FCC's open Internet rules and
practically inviting broadband providers to offer preferential treatment
to companies willing to pay for it. It was a deadly blow, but did it
really kill net neutrality dead?
From BBC Many optimists believe that technology can transform society, whether
it’s the internet or the latest phone. But as Tom Chatfield argues in
his final column for BBC Future, the truth about our relationship with
technology is far more interesting.
From Harvard Business Review An interview with Fred Turner, a professor of communications at Stanford and the author of the book From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism.
From Mostly Signs (Some Portents) Try as I might, I can’t shake the feeling that 2014 is the year we lose
the Web. The W3C push for DRM in all browsers is going to ensure that
all interfaces built in HTML5 (which will be pretty much everything)
will be opaque to users, and it will be illegal to report on security
flaws in them (because reporting a security flaw in DRM exposes you to
risk of prosecution for making a circumvention device), so they will be
riddled with holes that creeps, RATters, spooks, authoritarians and
crooks will be able to use to take over your computer and fuck you in
every possible way.