Monthly Archives: March 2008

Is this the day the world changed?

The results of the FCC’s wireless spectrum auction are of particular interest to more than just people in the telecom industry, as it will significantly impact how people access the Internet for years to come.

It’s no big surprise that Verizon is the big winner, but I especially enjoyed reading Susan Crawford’s analysis of the issue of what Verizon will do with it entitled “Why Block C Matters.” Susan is an ICANN board member, as well as a law professor at Cardozo Law School. I agree with her that it confirms the existing business model of handheld devices being used to access the Internet.

It also means that we’re going to have to deal with Verizon’s dominance in this segment of the market.

It also means that we’re going to have less options for wireless access than we otherwise would have had if others would’ve won the bidding.

It also means that we’re going to have a company who can bring market pressures to bear to discriminate against other carriers, all while promising in public to have an “open” network.

I wonder if we will someday look back on this day as the day in which the wireless Internet changed.

Techshow 2008 – Day 2 – In Progress update

Since my last post, yesterday I attended the end of the Day 1 sessions and the evening Techshow After Dark event. Today, I attended sessions on e-discovery, disaster planning, using Internet-based collaboration tools, and computer forensics.

The last one was fun, Craig Ball was looking for a volunteer for someone to give him a USB drive that he would forensically analyze. I gave him one of mine that I was pretty sure was uninteresting, and was relieved to see that was the case after Craig was done. Overall, a good session.

I also enjoyed Tom Mighell and Dennis Kennedy‘s talk on the collaboration tools. They’ve written a book on it, which I encourage you to check out.

Up now – 60 Tips in 60 Minutes!

[Originally posted by Kevin Thompson at Cyberlaw Central]

Article on just what is “Intellectual Property”

Mike Masnick at Techdirt has written the latest in a series of posts which discuss the rationale and basis for what we think of as “Intellectual Property.” It’s a well written series, I’d recommend that you read it. I don’t agree with all he says, but it’s well reasoned. It’s of particular interest to me… Continue Reading