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Saving the Net III: Understanding its Frames

Can we save what we don't understand? That's the challenge for those who wish to save the Net — both from those that don't understand it, and froin those that understand it too well, in wrong or inadequate ways. more>>

What happens after TV's mainframe era ends next February?

Remember television? For most of its history, TV wasn't cable, satellite or YouTube. It was radio with low-res moving pictures. more>>

Time to school the FCC on what "free" really means

It's time to get ornery again with the FCC. Fortunately, they're asking for it, by soliciting comment on this FCC rulemaking proposal for "Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1915-1920 MHz, 1995-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz and 2175-2180 MHz Bands.

It's a chocolate-covered spider. more>>

The Patient as the Platform

Health is personal. Health Care is not. The term is a euphemism for Condition Treatment, and it's not about patients. It's about systems, and most of those are both proprietary and closed. more>>

Linux in Amsterdam

So what's up with Linux in Amsterdam? That's a front-burner question for me right now because I'll be spending the next three days there, and would like to pick up on a story or few while I'm there. more>>

Who Controls Your Data?

The main problem with "social networking" isn't just that your "social" life has corporate boundaries. It's that your personal choices do too. more>>

With Linux vs. Because of Linux

I'm looking to compare how much money is made with Linux, vs. how much is made because of it. While I know it'll be hard to find the former and impossible to determine the latter, I think comparing the two will still be revealing. more>>

Comparing hard and soft infrastructure

It turns out that hard infrastructure is softer than the name suggests. This is good, since I want to make the case that both LInux and the Net are forms of infrastructure no less legitimate than water, electricity, roads, sewers and waste collection. more>>

Is Linux now a slave to corporate masters?

Does it matter who pays the salaries of Linux kernel developers? If so, how much, and in what ways? more>>

Is government open source code we can patch?

That's the question raised by Britt Blaser in “Oh, if only government went in for an open source make-over…”. It's also one suggested indirectly by Phil Hughes in Our Internet. more>>

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