Information in the Pipes: Controlling the Internet and the Power Within

Tim Wu’s The Master Switch recounts the historical context of what he refers to as “The Cycle”, the ever flowing cycle of invention and innovation in the land of information empires, wherein the natural state becomes monopoly. Wu gives overviews of this historical pattern throughout radio, telephone, television, and film, noting the striking similarities between […]

Hope For The Future

Just a couple of months ago, the FCC was paid into voting against Net Neutrality. This isn’t the first time that the cable companies have tried to bring an end to Net Neutrality, they did the same thing in 2014, leading to a similar amount of backlash. Though I’m frustrated with the FCC’s decision, I […]

#SaveOurInternet

If we take a look at the history of the information and communication industries, big corporations, like AT&T for example, have always been in control of how we access these utilities. They’re the ones that physically control all the pipes that allow us to do things like call each other from across the country or […]

Breaking the Cycle: The Power of Net Neutrality

“So what is the FCC doing today? Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the Internet for most of its existence. We’re moving from Title II to Title I. Wonkier it cannot be.” – FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on repealing net neutrality rules. On December 14th 2017, the Federal Communications Commission […]

To Regulate, or not to regulate

Information empires rise and fall in what seems like a continuous and never ending cycle, or so Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch, would argue. One truth of this cycle is that there is a constant battle between a desire by individuals or groups to regulate versus the want for an open, potentially “free,” […]

The End of Net Neutrality: Could Slow Internet Save Hard Copy Technology?

I feel I can say in all honesty that there is not a single one of us in this class who hasn’t had at least one encounter with Netflix, Hulu or the like. Streaming content online is becoming more and more prevalent by the day, and on-demand culture is quickly killing off hard copy DVDs, […]