Tag: Internet

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

Globalising the Net Neutrality Debate

There are many factors that have the enabled the successful scaling of the Internet into a global phenomenon: a consensus-based, voluntary approach to standards;  decentralised design; and, a vast body of openly-licensed software have all contributed.  But the element I want to talk about...

/ 9 December 2014
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Net Neutrality in Africa

The Net Neutrality debate has been back in the news over the last few weeks, thanks to an announcement from the United States communications regulator (FCC) that they were revisiting Net Neutrality in the light of a court decision in...

/ 7 May 2014
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Everyday Internet Miracles Illustrating the Power of Open

Imagine for a minute that you’ve just bought a new stove. The old stove just wasn’t doing all you needed so you’ve bought a new German-engineered stove. It’s Saturday morning and you’ve managed to get the stove in place, it...

/ 9 December 2011

Why SMS in Africa?

Erik Hersman recently tweeted “I’d like to hear more on whether we should build SMS or internet services in Africa?”  This had the serendipitous effect of breaking a bit of a blogger’s block for me. I think most would agree...

/ 3 February 2010