toward monopoly

A really interesting discussion with Tim Wu on the “Net Neutrality/Google/Verizon Betrayal.” Via Boingboing. According to Wu, the monopolization and increasing commercialization of the Net could produce a different kind of censorship; it will not be direct, but could happen through indirect marginalization, and pushing certain kinds of expression and discourse to the periphery. And we should keep an eye on what happens to open forums, wikipedia, and blogs.

“Once you have the right to block, you have the right to block free speech.” — Tim Wu

Cory Doctorow says Wu’s book, The Master Switch, is “one of the best analyses of network policy and the history of telecommunications and media I’ve ever read.”