Archive for January 2011


Doing Nothing to Save the Internet

My essay last week for Slate.com (the title I proposed is above, but it must have been too “punny” for the editors) generated a lot of feedback, for which I’m always grateful, even when it’s hostile and ad hominem.  Which much of it was. The piece argues generally that when it comes to the Internet, […]

Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges: Reading the FCC’s Net Neutrality Order (Part V)

(Follow the links for Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV.) In this final post on the FCC’s Dev. 23, 2010 Open Internet Report and Order, I’ll look briefly at the problematic legal foundation on which the FCC has built its new regulations on broadband Internet access.  That discussion need only be brief […]

TechFreedom Launches to “Promote the Progress of Technology”

I’m pleased to join in announcing the launch of TechFreedom, a non-profit, non-partisan technology policy think tank.  TechFreedom’s mission is “to promote the progress of technology that improves the human condition and expands individual capacity to choose.” I have agreed to participate in TechFreedom’s activities as a Senior Adjunct Fellow.  As my first contribution, we […]

Larry to speak at Google D.C. “Future Tense” conference

Larry will be speaking next week at Google’s Washington D.C. offices as part of the “Future Tense” series of conferences.  “Future Tense” is a joint venture of the New America Foundation, Slate.com, and Arizona State University. The program, taking place Feb. 3 and 4th, is titled “Here be Dragons:  Governing a Technologically Uncertain Future.“    The […]

Larry joins CNET Blog Network

After publishing several guest columns with CNET News.com, Larry has joined CNET’s Blog Network, a group of bloggers who contribute regularly to the site. (Larry is not an employee of CNET or its parent, CBS Interactive.) Larry will continue to post regularly on the intersection of technology, politics, and business.

Congress’s Tech Agenda: Something Old, Something Older

I reported for CNET yesterday on highlights from the State of The Net 2011 conference, sponsored by the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus.  Though I didn’t attend last year’s event, I suspect much of the conversation hasn’t changed. For an event that took place nearly a month after the FCC’s “final” vote on […]

The Future: It’s Not What it Used to Be

Adam Thierer pointed me to a posting by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings, in which Popova has pieced together a somewhat cheesy 1972 documentary based on Alvin Toffler’s classic “Future Shock.”  The over-the-top narration by Orson Welles is well worth the price of your time.  I read Future Shock as a kid (I was 11 […]

“Preserving the Internet,” But Which One?: Reading the FCC’s Net Neutrality Order (Part IV)

This is Part IV of a five-part commentary on the FCC’s Dec. 23, 2010 “Open Internet” Report and Order. Part I looked at the remarkably weak justification the majority gave for issuing the new rules. Part II explored the likely costs of the rules, particularly the undiscussed costs of enforcement that will be borne by […]

“The Next Digital Decade” book and event – January 19, 2011

I have two essays–one on privacy and the other on information economics, appearing in a new book called “The Next Digital Decade.” The book, edited by Berin Szoka and Adam Marcus, is a unique collaboration from 26 thought leaders on Internet law, philosophy, policy and economics. The book is available as a free PDF and the hardcover […]

Spectrum Crisis Amnesia: What Happened in Vegas Stayed in Vegas, Unfortunately

For CNET, I posted a long piece describing a full day at CES’s Tech Policy Summit largely devoted to spectrum issues. Conference attendees in several packed sessions heard from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and three of the four other FCC Commissioners (Commissioner Copps was absent due to illness), as well as former Congressman Rick Boucher […]