Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Lessig's "The Withering of the Net" video


Fantastic-ly informative 39-minute lecture by Lawrence Lessig describing how it was Republican inititiatives back in 1984 that broke up AT&T's proprietary, exclusive control over the communications network up until then, enabling the Internet to grow to what it is today, and jump-starting the explosion of innovations in Consumer Electronics.

Intriguing Principles:
  • The owner of the network does not have absolute control, meaning that layers can grow ontop of it
  • The past does not get to dictate future innovators out of fear of competition.
  • Device-makers are not liable for how users use their devices.
  • Two spaces evolving, the Read-Only Internet, and the Read/Write Internet
  • Apart from the "Berkeley-esque" reasoning that Read/Write Internet is better for democracy, Lessig provides the "Stanford-esque" reasoning that it will increase monetary growth exponentially larger than the Right-Only Internet.

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