October 15th, 2010
What started out as a high level policy debate among internet service providers and telecommunications geeks has since blossomed into an all out war, with battle lines ostensibly drawn between those who value free expression and innovation on one side, and free market advocates on another.
The idea is that ISPs should not be allowed discriminate between any kind of content that comes over the wires to your home. The implication is that some regulator needs to step in to make sure this idea is enforced.
But as with any contentious debate there are subtleties, complications, and hints that the discussion should be steered in a completely different direction. And few have a better acuity for the nuances of such a geeky topic than Jonathan Zittrain and Larry Lessig.
Everything you wanted to know about net neutrality but were afraid to ask, in this month’s segment of Jonathan & Larry TAKE ON…!
Compliments or criticisms? What topic would you like to see Jonathan and Larry take on next month? Share your ideas with us in the comments, or drop us a tweet.
Peek back at last month’s episode “Competition”
Chris Riley of Free Press talks about Comcast, BitTorrent, and Network Neutrality
A roundup of the 2008 FCC hearing on Net Neutrality debate
David Isenberg talks Net Neutrality Reality
John Palfrey’s paper The Move to the Middle: The Enduring Threat of Harmful Speech to Network Neutrality
Yochai Benkler, Terry Fisher, and Tim Wu chat NN at the Berkman@10 conference
Produced this week by Daniel Dennis Jones and Molly Sauter, with hosts Larry Lessig and Jonathan Zittrain, and help from David Weinberger, Amar Ashar, Seth Young, Jake Shapiro, Lisa Carlivati, and Szelena Gray.