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Net Neutrality and the Open Internet

The debate over so-called "Net neutrality" has raged for more than a decade, pitting tech entrepreneurs against the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who deliver digital content to our computers and mobile devices. Along the way, activists, lobbyists, politicians and even Pres. Barack Obama have weighed in on either side. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) vote to ban paid prioritization of Internet traffic as well as the blocking and throttling of online content and services marks, if not the final word on the matter, at least a milestone for this issue. Scientific American takes a look at the FCC's decision and the major events leading up to this historic vote.

  • February 25, 2015

Historian of Technology Cruelly Crushes Internet Myths

As readers of this blog know, since 2005 I’ve been teaching at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. One of the best parts of being an academic is hanging out with cool (compared to me), young (compared to me), up-and-coming scholars, some of whom know far more about the history of science and [...]

July 1, 2014 — John Horgan

Romney Says No to "Net Neutrality"

Source: League of Women Voters The chances that government policy about the internet is going to decide who will win the U.S. presidential election are pretty slim.

September 21, 2012 — Christine Gorman
Keep the Internet Fair

Keep the Internet Fair

The government's net neutrality compromise fell flat. Here's a simple fix

March 1, 2011 — THE EDITORS
How to Build a Smarter Internet

How to Build a Smarter Internet

To keep the Web from collapsing under the weight of ever more data, the network needs to radically change the way it handles information, says the head of Bell Labs Research

June 1, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier
What Will the Internet Be in 2050?

What Will the Internet Be in 2050?

A global computer-based communication network has fundamentally changed our social, cultural, and political landscape over the past 20 years.  As an evolutionary anthropologist, I have to point out that there has been no previous communication revolution of this speed or intensity.  Consequently, this communication tool gives us the power to completely restructure our entire existence, [...]

September 23, 2013 — Cadell Last
A Political Wish List

A Political Wish List

As a new Congress takes office, Washington will face urgent issues in science, health and the environment. Here are a few good places to start

January 1, 2011 — THE EDITORS

The (good and bad) future of the Internet

SAN DIEGO—“We know even now that we are at some fundamental limits of what the Internet can handle,” warned University of California, San Diego processor kc claffy [ sic capitalization ] at the beginning of her talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Diego.

February 22, 2010 — Michael Moyer

Re-thinking the Internet with security and mobility in mind

The middle-aged Internet (ARPANET first went live more than 40 years ago) could easily slide into complacency, but the National Science Foundation (NSF) might be staving this off with four multimillion-dollar grants that the agency has recently awarded.

August 31, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier
Nobody Is Neutral When It Comes to Net Neutrality

Nobody Is Neutral When It Comes to Net Neutrality

The FCC has asked for comment on whether the Internet should be reclassified as a public utility to preserve net neutrality—but the motion faces political and legal hurdles

May 27, 2014 — Roni Jacobson

Future of the Internet: Net Neutrality, the Semantic Web, plus some comments on science by the mayor of New York.

In this episode, Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, talks about legislation that will decide the future of "network neutrality." Net neutrality means that transmission rates to and from all websites are the same, rather than some websites being able to steer traffic their way through faster rates. Also, Tim Berners-Lee spoke at the 15th International World Wide Web Conference, which took place last week in Scotland. The inventor of the web talked about net neutrality and the semantic web, whereby computers will sync their info about us seamlessly, saving us the work. Plus, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg made a strong, pro-science speech last week, and we'll hear a highlight. Finally, we'll test your knowledge about some other recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include Center for Digital Democracy www.democraticmedia.org, Pro-net neutrality www.savetheinternet.com, Anti-net neutrality www.handsoff.org, World Wide Web conference www.www2006.org, Berners-Lee Scientific American article on the Semantic Web http://tinyurl.com/9w34, Mayor Bloomberg's pro-science speech http://tinyurl.com/lrvof, Scientific American http://blog.sciam.com, Scientific American website www.sciam.com.

May 31, 2006 — Steve Mirsky
Net Neutrality in a Nutshell

Net Neutrality in a Nutshell

What is net neutrality and why is it making news lately? Tech Talker explains.

February 4, 2015 — Tech Talker Eric Escobar

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