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December 15, 2008

Catching up on feeds…

Daniel Gross joins a bunch of Newsweek writers to provide a guided historical tour of the rise of state-subsidized auto manufacturing in the Southern U.S. In the process, they repeat all the usual flack about Detroit’s labor costs and inflexible production being the cause of their current woes.

Google is hedging its bets on Net Neutrality, report Vishesh Kumar and Christopher Rhoads in today’s WSJ. Intriguing to note that the story devotes a lot of space to the view that any prioritization of packets is anti-competitive and anti-thetical to the architecture of the Internet. That says a lot for the ability of the Net Neutrality advocates to get their views heard. Meanwhile, the story has apparently distorted Larry Lessig’s views, provoking him to the point of writing a long blog post in response. Word on the street is that it also misrepresents a number of key concepts surrounding network protocols and architecture. Good luck getting a quote from anybody next time, guys.

In last week’s IP Watch, Monika Ermert illustrated that a lot of people attending the IGF in Hyderabad don’t like ACTA. Too bad there is so little so many of them can do about it.

Also in IP Watch, Nick Wadhams reveals (surprise!) that the recent glut of Anti-counterfeiting laws and programs in African countries have been heavily sponsored/pushed/written by the IP extremists at Interpol and a German group called OASIS. In any event, the US Chamber of Commerce is happy.

At UN Dispatch, Peter Daou fleshes out a provocative comment he made at the Berkman Center’s Internet and Politics Conference (which was, coincidentally, one of the reasons I haven’t been posting for a couple of weeks). It’s impossible not to heed the urgency and passion behind Peter’s call to action. However, I have to wonder about the rhetorical purpose of Aisha’s story in this context: does networked activism have to take the form of privileged men and women in the Global North rallying around the image of a poor, exploited African woman?

Pew Research tells us how “experts” envision the future of the Internet.

Sarah Kerr reviews the English translation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 in the NYRB. I started reading his novels and short stories sometime last winter and I can’t get enough. Put it on your christmas list.

Finally, I don’t care what you think, Canadian politics are fun!

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