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Inside: How to save the new from Big Tech; and more!

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How to save the new from Big Tech: Four prescriptions from EFF.

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Today's Twitter threads (a Twitter thread).

Inside: Two principles to protect internet users from decaying platforms; and more!

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Today (May 10), I'm in #VANCOUVER for a keynote at the #OSSummit:…

And a book event tonight at #HeritageHall:…

Tomorrow (May 11), I'm in #CALGARY for @WordfestTweets:…


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Two principles to protect internet users from decaying platforms: Don't just try to make platforms better - make them less important.

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Internet platforms have reached end-stage enshittification, where they claw back the goodies they once used to lure in end-users and business customers, trying to walk a tightrope in which there's just enough value left to keep you locked in, but no more. It's ugly out there.

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If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:…

When the platforms took off - using a mix of predatory pricing, catch-and-kill acquisitions and anti-competitive mergers - they seemed unstoppable. Mark Zuckerberg became the unelected social media czar-for-life for billions of users.

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Inside: Hollywood is the single best example of mature labor power in America; On the Media on the enshittification (pt 1); and more!

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Today (5/6), I'll be in #Berkeley with my book *Red Team Blues* at the #BABF2023 for a 3:30PM event with @glynnwashington:…

Tomorrow (5/7), it's an 11AM event with @dellsystem for my book *Chokepoint Capitalism*:…

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Tomorrow (Apr 30) at 2PM, I'll be at the #SanFrancisco Public Library with my new book, *Red Team Blues*, hosted by…

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The seductive, science fictional power of spreadsheets: Maybe the map IS the territory?

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Inside: Is antitrust anti-labor? and more!

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There's 3 days left in the @Kickstarter for the audiobook of my upcoming anti-finance finance thriller about #SiliconValley scams, *Red Team Blues*. #Audible refuses to carry my audiobooks because they're #DRM free. Crowdfunding makes them possible!

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Is antitrust anti-labor? tl;dr: no.

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Today's Twitter threads (a Twitter thread).

Inside: What comes after neoliberalism; and more!

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I'm kickstarting the #audiobook for my next novel, an anti-finance finance thriller about #SiliconValley scams called *Red Team Blues*. #Amazon's #Audible refuses to carry my audiobooks because they're #DRM free, but crowdfunding makes them possible: 2/ Image
What comes after neoliberalism? "There is no alternative" is really a demand, namely, "Stop trying to think of an alternative!"

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Inside: Big Business can't stop its illegal, fantastically lucrative gossiping; and more!

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Next Monday (Mar 20), I'm doing a remote talk for the @Ostrom_Workshop's Beyond the Web Speaker Series… 2/
Big Business can't stop its illegal, fantastically lucrative gossiping: Everybody knows that the dice are loaded.

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A 🧵 for the @WhiteHouse as it weighs its pick for an @FCC nominee.

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Putting the public interest first SHOULD BE a no-brainer. @gigibsohn was a champion for everyday people. The next nominee must be as well. Image
Industry capture of regulators is all too common at the @FCC and other federal agencies. It's why the agency has allowed consolidation in broadcasting and local monopolies in broadband. The nominee must not have this conflict of interest: Image
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"End to End," is my new column for @LocusMag, proposing a policy for a better internet: the "#EndToEnd" principle (#E2E), a bedrock of the original design for the internet, updated for the modern, monopolized web, as a way of #disenshittifying it:… 1/ A room full of telephone operators at a switchboard; their h
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The original E2E marked the turning point from telco-based systems where power was gathered at the center, controlled by carriers, to the packet-switched internet, where power moved to the edges. Under the old model, only the network operator could add new features. 3/
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The wife of the special counsel #JackSmith donated to Joe Biden’s campaign & was one of the producers of Michelle Obama’s documentary for #Netflix.…
#JackSmith, recruited by Merrick Garkand from the ICC to prosecute President Trump, was complicit in IRS targeting conservative non-profits, together with notorious Lois Lerner.…
According to a witness testimony, #JackSmith initiated a meeting with Lois Lerner to discuss "enforcement" against conservative groups engaging in politics in the aftermath of #CitizensUnited SCOTUS decision.…
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Inside: Fighting the privacy wars, state by state; and more!

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Next Thu (Mar 2) I'm in #Brussels for #Antitrust, Regulation & Political Economy, with a who's-who of EU and US trustbusters. Both in-person and virtual attendance are free:

On Fri (Mar 3), I'll be in #Graz for @elevatefestival: 2/
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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, & Amazon owe their success to the Obama administration, since 2010.
The key to the current state of the Internet is #Obamanet (#netneutrality) imposed by the FCC in 2010. This is likely the most radical violation of #1A……
#Obamanet also violates the IV Amendment.

Old telecom regulations were directed at phone companies and ended outside or in the walls of our homes where phone jacks are. #Obamanet reached deep into our homes, where Internet modem routers are, in violation of the IV, "to be……
The blue states enacted #Obamanet variations at the state level, with the long-arm effect spreading to other states. Free states may fix this problem for their residents & the rest of the nation by enacting anti-Obamanet laws. Such laws might demand ISPs……
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Inside: David Graeber's "Pirate Enlightenment"; and more!

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David Graeber's "Pirate Enlightenment": The true, swashbuckling lives of matriarchs, anarchists, and pirates at the crossroads of the world.

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* #DebtCeiling Limit is Destructive, Duplicative, and Dumb…

* 3d-party apps Twitter killed made the site what it is today…

* Predictions Scorecard, 1/1/23 – Rodney Brooks… (h/t @slashdot) 3/
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The European Commission has been contemplating radical changes to the Internet in Europe that would violate #netneutrality and upend how the internet economy has worked for decades. Its proposal: the long-discredited idea that websites and apps should pay broadband providers.
But we only know the Commission is pursuing this proposal (put forward by Europe's largest phone companies), thanks to occasional comments to the press and other reporting.
Today, another press report says the Commission could start a public consultation at Christmas time, when most people have better things to do than file online responses to an idea that was rejected as counter-productive & wrong ten years ago.… #NetworkFees
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🧵Okay it's #ElectionDay (go vote! voting is a valid harm reduction strategy.)

I know this birdsite is going to hell in a handbasket, but while we're all still here, I put together a THREAD on what the midterms will likely mean for tech policy fights that impact human rights.
This is going to be a bit of a ruthless analysis of how I see the election results impacting hot button tech policy issues like Section 230, content moderation, privacy legislation, the FTC and FCC, antitrust and Big Tech accountability, etc.
I'm not gonna spend as much time explaining the substance of each issue, more just how the political dynamics around them are likely to shift depending on the makeup of the House and Senate. But I'll try to link to relevant campaigns / news coverage to dive deeper.
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You remember how Airtel sliced off Internet calls into a separate pack, which eventually led to the #NetNeutrality campaign?

Telcos are at it again:…
They want online messaging to be licensed in India and are lobbying @DoT_India and @AshwiniVaishnaw
And @DoT_India and @AshwiniVaishnaw are considering changing India's hard fought and globally recognised #NetNeutrality standing. I hope @PMOIndia is watching this. The Draft telecom bill decidedly favours mobile operators, and seeks to bring even email under licensing. It's
Such lazy policymaking, so archaic in thinking, that it will even bring ecommerce, cloud, video streaming, payments... Everything under a licensing regime, and specifically under @DoT_India . This when there's an easy fix. How should it change?
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Over at the Daily Dot I wrote about why throwing billions of dollars at U.S. broadband monopolies never truly fixes the nation's stubborn "digital divide":…
US federal telecom policy for literally thirty straight years has involved letting regional monopolies like AT&T and Comcast dictate 90% of state and federal telecom policy, standards, and rules, then showering them with billions of dollars for half completed networks...
then state and federal policymakers really love standing around with a befuddled look on their collective faces complaining about how the mysterious, always somehow causation-free "digital divide" somehow still persists in 2022.
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This week on my podcast, I read my @Medium column, "Regulatory Capture: Beyond Revolving Doors and Against Regulatory Nihilism," about the left/right split on theories of sound regulation:… 1/ A Soviet editorial cartoon featuring an ogrish capitalist in
If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:… 2/
The column opens by recounting a recent, extremely public, extremely egregious example of #RegulatoryCapture: the way that Trump's FCC chair @AjitPai - a former Verizon lawyer - killed #NetNeutrality. 3/
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The new text of American Innovation & Choice Online Act, @SenAmyKlobuchar’s #BigTech antitrust bill, clarifies some questions folks had about who is a Big Tech platform. 1/…
The AICO Act has always been explicitly targeted at #BigTech platforms. It never included a provision for broadband providers -- nor should it, because they are completely different services that require different rules 2/
AICO is a targeted bill borne out of an in-depth Congressional investigation into specific platform markets. Every company in the world but the small handful meeting the very specific definitions and thresholds in the bill is technically “exempted” 3/
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A decade ago the EU big telecoms lobby, #ETNO, pushed a lobbying campaign to charge popular content providers. Now that ETNO is pushing something similar it is worth revisiting why their proposal ultimately failed. 1/7 🧵
#ETNO pushed the idea of a "sending-party-pays" in the lead-up to the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai. 2/7…
Many authoritarian regimes (annoyed with freedom of speech online) embraced #ETNO's proposal. Western democracies and civil society not so much. The US Ambassador called it "unworkable". 3/7…
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Decisions are being made TODAY in CA on how affordability under the new state broadband infrastructure law will work. This will impact both CA and the US. The state is about to invest billions in infrastructure to serve everyone, but what price should people pay? A thread. (1/14)
What California's broadband regulator, @californiapuc, is contemplating: simply requiring anyone who wants taxpayer money to offer an affordable $40 50/50 mbps option. This ensures taxpayers funding these networks get a direct benefit. (2/14)…
This has national ramifications because every state will have to define what is a "low cost option" with federal infrastructure dollars. CA is early because of its state law. What happens here will influence other state rules on affordability. (3/14)… screenshot of the pdf descr...
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oh look, 14 months after Biden took office (a 9 month inexplicable Democratic appointment delay followed by 5 months of Republican obstructionism dressed up as policy) the FCC gets closer to having a functional FCC that can actually do things…
figure several more months before she gets seated, then assuming the broader agency has the political backbone to do things like restore #netneutrality like they promised (which I'm still not 100% sure of), you enter the schlog of FCC procedure, which will take even longer
they really should have prioritized the appointment of Sohn with the same gusto they pursued Lina Khan, but because telecom policy has fallen out of favor under the myopic obsession with "big tech" you get this glacial shitshow
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My views on Network Neutrality debate is as follows:
Network Neutrality encourages innovation and a healthy competition.
It provides a common field for larger companies and startups to compete among themselves to provide best services to customers.
Net Neutrality reduces the risk of having slow and fast lanes for internet users.
As evident in US , where Net Neutrality was revoked , Verizon started throttling US Fire Departments internet during a wildfire response. Fire Department had to pay extra for faster speeds.
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