I am a tech guy and, as such, I normally don’t bother the Blogger with things I read on Slashdot, but this affects all of us: In just a few years a combination of government regulations and trusted system technologies could prevent blogs like this one from existing outside of the same major media conglomerations that control all of what you see and hear on TV and in theaters. Initiatives like this and this are aiming to take the neutrality out of the network, which means your favorite blog will have to be AT&T’s favorite too or you’ll have no guarantee it will connect at all. Other laws under consideration could make podcasting a crime if the caster doesn’t use the “most restrictive” format available – meaning no more mp3 podcasts from KCRW. Think it couldn’t happen? What’s most frightening to me and other tech geeks like Stanford law prof Larry Lessig is that it’s already happening and it’s doing so invisibly. This is a link to a new documentary that hopes to shed some light on the subject. If you’re in New York, go see it. If not, tell everyone you know.
– Ted Kupper