Category: World View

U-Shaped Value in the Internet

The Internet Is U-Shaped

When we think about the problem of achieving affordable access to the Internet for all, the discussion often focuses on broadband targets.  These targets are moving goalposts as infrastructure improves.  Broadband used to be defined at 256Kbps, now it might be...

/ 17 March 2017

Failure to TED

Recently a bot informed me that it was the 2 year anniversary of my speaking at TED Global 2014.  And that reminded me of what I have been putting off writing for a while, putting off well, because I find it...

/ 16 November 2016

Africa Telecoms Infrastructure in 2015

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Annual ReviewWelcome to the 2nd annual review of telecommunications infrastructure development in Africa.  Last year was my first attempt at painting a big picture of communication infrastructure development on the continent and...

/ 13 January 2016

Fibre And Other Laws of Infrastructure

Last Sunday, I was fortunate enough to participate as a representative of  NSRC at an event at the United Nations to mark the launch of the US State Department’s new Global Connect initiative.  My co-panelists were Cathy Novelli, Toomas Henrik Ilves, Jakaya...

/ 1 October 2015

The Future of Open and How To Stop It

In 2008, Jonathan Zittrain wrote a book called The Future of the Internet and How To Stop It. In it he argued that the runaway success of the Internet is also the cause of it being undermined, that vested interests were in the process of...

/ 30 January 2015