Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-06-26 13:04
Thank you Tech Daily for flagging a silly blog by MyDD calling for an organizing an "online workers union... to look out for the political interests of online workers. These interests include net neutrality, intellectual property law like DMCA..."
You can see me shaking my head in disbelief now... an online workers union for net neutrality...
Let me highlight just a few of the silly aspects of this idea.
First, organizing bloggers into a union to promote net neutrality?
Second, social media technology already allows onliners to organize around what ever idea they want whenever they want. Its a free country and a free and open Internet. Why not create:
Third, MyDD's idea for organizing eBay sellers is sort of bizarre.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-06-26 10:58
Google's naivetÃ© and cluelessness on antitrust matters continues to amaze me. While Google has ramped up its Washington lobbying presence a ton of late, it is amusing that the company-at-large still does not have a lick of political savvy or common sense.
It is almost as if Google operates having an out-of-body experience, where their leaders think they can float sanctimoniously above the playing field and see everything perfectly, but no one can see them or what they are doing.
What do I mean? Let me put Google's antitrust and political behavior into context.
It is amazing to me that Google appears to be unaware and clueless that they have voluntarily walked into their own â€œantitrust cage" of the FTC review process for approving two of their deals, DoubleClick and FeedBurner.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-06-25 11:49
Learning that potential Republican Presidential candidate Fred Thompson loves blogging and understands the medium's growing and significant political influence, I encourage the emerging Thompson campaign to do a little homework on the Net neutrality issue so they are not blindsided and hoodwinked by this liberal Moveon.org issue masquerading in conservative "Internet freedom" rhetoric like fellow Republican candidate Mike Huckabee was a few weeks ago.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-06-25 10:59
There are a few important points to be made about Internet "competition" here.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-06-22 10:41
While I was very glad to hear that eBay continues to support extending the Internet Tax Moratorium, which expires in November, I found eBay's Brian Bieron's rationale for it very hypocritical given their stance on net neutrality.
National Journal's Tech Daily yesterday reported that:
Bottomline: Net neutrality proponents cannot win on the merits and the facts of the issue, so they must systematically fabricate a problem, and misrepresent the context of the legislation as status quo.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-06-21 14:29
Maine's Governor signed Maine's non-binding resolution on net neutrality today calling for a "study" of the issue due next year and also stated that net neutrality is a Federal issue, not a state issue, due to the interstate nature of the Internet.
Nevertheless, I am sure the net neutrality movement will try and make a proverbial silk purse out of this sow's ear.
If they continue spinning the media like they have this past couple of weeks, they will continue to badly misrepresent what Maine actually did.
Net neutrality is a bogus issue. I fully expect the net neutrality movement to make the bogus claim that they won in Maine when truth be told the Snowe-Dorgan-like bill they asked for went nowhere.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-06-21 12:10
I have been watching with some amusement all of the SaveTheInternet-launched blogilantes ranting about the prospect of Internet backbone networks like AT&T or others, becoming a filtering technology solution to Hollywood's problem of rampant content piracy on the Internet.
Why am I amused?
Once again, the net neutrality crowd's kneejerk reaction is to side with lawbreakers rather than with every day citizens and users of the Internet who are all ultimately harmed by allowing Internet-enabled crimes to go undetected and unnpunished.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-06-21 10:51
I am blogging on this because the news follow-up does not appear to have connected the dots about how bizarre this combination sounds economically and competitively.
While on the surface it seems logical because Yahoo was reportedly in talks to buy MySpace before NewsCorp did.
What makes this bizarre is what has transpired since.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-06-20 11:24
Anyone concerned about their privacy should read the GREAT article in PC World on Google and privacy, and in particular should look at the call out box to see the risk about all that Google knows about you.
Let's see if the mainstream press picks up on this obvious and interesting populist story... it has legs.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-06-20 10:52
Anyone interested in privacy issues, should be on a heightened sense of alert, because Google has just won a big victory in getting its "pryware" deeper into the average American's private life.
The media focused only on the antitrust angle in covering Google's antitrust complaint against Microsoft, for not making it easy enough in its new Vista operating system for users to select Google as its search engine of computers' INTERNAL hard drive.