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What the Future Used to Look Like, in 2006

A new feature in iOS 7 reminded me that the sky, which was supposed to be falling eight years ago, has remained inexplicably buoyant. The feature is called the ‘Multipeer Connectivity Framework’ and it provides a simple way for devices … Continue reading

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Preserving the Open Internet the Easy Way

No regulation is easy of course, so to start, here’s an apology for the misleading title. Sorry. But it need not be as difficult as it might seem to make the few small adjustments needed to ensure that the next … Continue reading

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Netflix Explains Why The Internet Is Not Good Enough For Them

The migration of new digital services off the public internet is an established pattern. Driven by economics, and with real money at stake, it is not likely to slow down any time soon. To recap, large content providers such as … Continue reading

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The Internet is No Longer a Duck

It waddles and quacks, but is the Internet still a duck? The Guardian published on March 28th 2013 an article by Cory Doctorow with the headline ‘Copyright wars are damaging the health of the internet’. His argument is simple and … Continue reading

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Yet Another Private Internet

Lobbyists sometimes try to simplify issues, for policy makers and for grassroots and other supporters, and one of the most potent ideas surrounding Internet policy is that what you don’t like will ‘break the Internet’. Here’s John Naughton neatly encapsulating … Continue reading

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Leapfrog or Lag? Music Tech in Developing Markets

We have been conditioned to think that developing nations are somehow privileged to have the opportunity to skip whole generations of technologies, moving straight to what we in developed economies are embracing because of its promise for the future. Here’s … Continue reading

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Networks or Services – Who is Music’s Better Partner?

When I formed the idea for a new business bundling broadband with music, in 2003, my thinking was guided by two simple principles. The first was that customers already saw music and broadband as a natural bundle. And the second … Continue reading

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Floating on a Sea of Demand for Music

Tin Cheuk Leung at the Chinese University of Hong Kong published in 2009 a paper entitled, ‘Should the Music Industry Sue Its Own Customers? Impacts of Music Piracy and Policy Suggestions.’ The updated version is available here. Parts of Leung’s paper … Continue reading

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What Happened to Vint Cerf?

This August, 2012, on FT.com Vint Cerf was quoted in an article about the upcoming UN discussions over Internet governance. But Mr Cerf says that pricing structures are antithetical to the internet as they could stifle innovation. “When Larry Page … Continue reading

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How Art Changes the Architecture of the Internet

Reading Neelie Kroes’ recent blog post on net neutrality reminded me of a startling presentation that was given to Nanog in 2009 (I was not there so was thankful that the slides were made available here) which brought into focus … Continue reading

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