CNET reports on the Minneapolis approach to municipal wifi that will cover a 59 square mile network by the end of the month.
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My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, BBC version, homepage version) focuses on the failure of the DRM, content-locking strategy and the move toward locking down the Internet. I note that this approach envisions requiring Internet service providers to install filtering and content monitoring technologies within their networks. ISPs would then become private network police, actively monitoring for content that might infringe copyright and stopping it from reaching subscribers' computers.
The support for locking down the Internet revives an old debate – the appropriate role and responsibility of ISPs for the activities that take place on their networks.
Paul McGuinness, U2's manager, calls on ISPs to adopt content blocking systems and subscriber termination.
Appeared in the Toronto Star on January 28, 2008 as The Dangers of 'Locking Down' the Internet Appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on January 29, 2008 as New Strategy Emerges to Change the Locks to Police Online Content Appeared in the BBC on January 29, 2008 as ISPs New Role […]
My column this week on a two-tiered Internet attracted considerable attention (even bringing my website to a crawl at one point), though several people noted privately that it focused primarily on the situation in Canada and the U.S. I’ve tried to remedy that with a piece for the BBC that […]