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Is Internet access a choice?
In the end what transpires is that what started as a sort of technological bribery (to borrow a concept from Lewis Mumford) – use this technology because it’s awesome and it will improve your life; ultimately turns into a sort of technological blackmail – use this technology or else you will be ostracized and left behind. Technology triumphs insofar as it can remake society in its image, and one of the things that Chaffetz’s comments, and the reaction to them, demonstrates is that the Internet has succeeded in such a remaking.
tech  work  digitalliteracy  2017  internet 
march 2017 by jju
The WELL: Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky: State of the World 2017
But, "the Internet" is done already. It had a great historic arc,
but it maxed out on its own excesses and unconfronted issues, much
like the Space Age and atomic power did. Anybody who still thinks
"net neutrality" is the be-all and end-all of the modern tech biz
can go somewhere where they still enjoy net neutrality -- the
flatness, the small pieces loosely joined, the permissionless
innovation, etc.

Go to Iceland, maybe. Sure: go start a no-permission Internet
website in Iceland. Birgitta Jonsdottir will be nice to you, you
might even get fan mail from Wikileaks. Otherwise, it's quite like
building your own crystal-set ham radio. Nobody will stop you,
because it just doesn't matter.
futility  tech  internet  brucesterling  future  2017 
january 2017 by jju
Hacktivists as Gadflies - NYTimes.com
In a world in which nearly everyone is technically a felon, we rely on the good judgment of prosecutors to decide who should be targets and how hard the law should come down on them. We have thus entered a legal reality not so different from that faced by Socrates when the Thirty Tyrants ruled Athens, and it is a dangerous one. When everyone is guilty of something, those most harshly prosecuted tend to be the ones that are challenging the established order, poking fun at the authorities, speaking truth to power — in other words, the gadflies of our society.
internet  usa  law  hackers  crime  2013 
april 2013 by jju
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