Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending October 18, 2014)

Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending October 18, 2014)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

Will Ads Become Next Net-Neutrality Battle?
An Israeli startup plans to help wireless carriers block online ads in an effort to negotiate a cut of Internet advertising revenues.
Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

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Whether the future of the internet will be open or closed will be contested. I for one am not sure, but as the internet is such a large, powerful tool, it only makes sense for governments and companies alike to try to close, or restrict it. I personally believe it should be open, as I don’t like to think of further censorship. However, I can see there being many debates on either side and further attempts to control and close the internet. I can’t see the internet being closed without a fight, as too many people and groups are invested to it on such a personal level, however I can imagine a dystopia (or just a regular state) with a closed internet. Although it’s strange to think about now as we are used to the internet being open, the internet is being closed slowly and subtly through government with changes to net neutrality and censorship after fears proceeding security threats in the US and elsewhere. There are so many ways the government is interfering with the internet as it does pose some risks to society, however many of these changes are also coming from companies and other sources.

Hollywood Heavyweights Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg Set for Hillary Clinton Fundraiser
Hollywood Heavyweights Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg Set for Hillary Clinton Fundraiser TheWrap

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak Monday night at a Democratic National Committee Fundraiser event at Brentwood’s Tavern restaurant in Los Angeles.

This event marks the third major Democratic fundraising event to hit L.A. in the past month. Vice President Joe Biden attended a cocktail reception for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the home of Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos on Oct. 6.

See photos: Bill Clinton Shares First Look at Hillary With New Granddaughter Charlotte

This was followed by President Barack Obama’s visit to the city later that week, which comprised several stops, including a fundraising dinner at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow.

The DNC event’s co-chairs include Steven Spielberg, Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and Disney Studio chairman Alan Horn, according to the invitation posted on

Also read: Obama, FCC Chairman ‘On the Same Page’ Regarding Net Neutrality

Starting at 6 p.m., the event also lists Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chair Senator Michael Bennett and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer among its attendees. Tickets, which include a reception, photo and dinner, run $32,400 dollars. That figure is the maximum allowed individual contribution to a national party committee per calendar yer.

The event is being thrown by the Grassroots Victory Project 2014, a joint fundraising committee comprised of the Democractic Senatorial Campaign Committee along with 14 Senate campaigns and 11 state Democractic Party organizations.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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Tumblr is a great website where there are a lot of very smart and considerate people who work to right many social wrongs in the world. And we have been able to inform more people about homophobia and net neutrality and racism and feminism and police brutality, and this has helped so many people realize that we need to treat others with respect and equally. By now, many of us have developed an instinct that whenever we hear someone being disrespectful or treating others unequally, we try to show them how we should treat each other and that what they are doing or saying is wrong. Although this instinct is doing a lot of good for awareness of these social issues, it also limits us. When we instinctively correct others, we forget to listen to them.

If we are trying to create a healthy discussion about these social issues we have to remember the other side of the coin: listening. If we don’t listen to other people’s opinions with respect, we won’t be able to see their reasoning and see where they are coming from. By learning other points of view, we can open our eyes and our minds to other points of view. Sometimes we forget that even though we think our opinion is the right one, other people have different opinions that they think are the right ones. To be able to truly treat everyone equally and with respect, we have to first listen to them.

End rant.

Silicon Valley’s Biggest Internet Mistake – Somewhat Reasonable – Heartland Institute (blog) – internet – Google News

Hubris causes blind spots.

Silicon Valley is putting its foreign Internet franchise at risk by imagining what happens in Washington D.C. stays in D.C.

Silicon Valley’s net neutrality tunnel vision in America blinds it to the disastrous international policy repercussions of promoting a protectionist industrial policy for Silicon Valley at the FCC, exactly when most other nations are looking for any pretext to justify imposing their own protectionist policies in response to Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA spying.

To appreciate the biggest Internet mistake that Silicon Valley interests are making, one first needs to understand what they want from the FCC.

They want consumers to subsidize Silicon Valley’s cost of their commercial streaming to users in the form of a permanent FCC-set, zero-price for downstream traffic to their users.

To secure this large infrastructure-use government subsidy, Silicon Valley interests need the FCC to reclassify the U.S. Internet from a lightly-regulated “information” service to a utility-regulated “telecommunications” service, while simultaneously undoing, or “forbearing” from, some of the new utility regulations they just imposed.

So what is Silicon Valley’s biggest Internet mistake?

Legally, “telecommunications” is what international treaties and agreements regulate like a utility, under the Constitution of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Specifically, ITU agreement: ITU-T D.50, recognizes the sovereign right of each State to regulate “telecommunications” as that State determines.

Apparently, Silicon Valley interests are blind to the many risks of “telecommunications” regulation to their foreign businesses.

First, the FCC reclassifying the American Internet as “telecommunications” predictably would invite most every other country to reclassify their Internet traffic as “telecommunications” too, so that they could impose lucrative price tariffs on Silicon Valley’s dominant share of Internet traffic into their countries.

Second, there is no “forbearance,” or undoing, process from the ITU’s “telecommunications” utility regulations.

Third, a new FCC-led protectionist, “telecommunications” trade dynamic, would give foreign regulators every incentive to protect their national interests at Silicon Valley’s expense.

Fourth, the world is watching.

Fadi Chehade, Internet governance leader and President of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN,) told the Washington Post: “You think that how the FCC decides to move forward with net neutrality only affects America? No. The whole world is watching how this country manages its Internet.”

Simply, since Silicon Valley benefits the most from free trade and the free flow of information, they also have the most to lose from advocating for the FCC to protect Silicon Valley commercially with large Internet infrastructure-use government subsidies.

For example, Google alone sends roughly 8 billion video streams overseas daily.

Most countries in the world salivate at the prospect of America’s FCC leading the world in price regulating Internet traffic flows for America’s benefit.

It would provide priceless political cover for autocratic countries like China and Russia, to impose their own nationalist Internet regulations and censorship policies.

It also would eviscerate any moral or policy high-ground the U.S. could have to stave off protectionist trade policies for information services, like the European Parliament’s call to end the U.S.-EU Data Safe Harbor and many countries’ calls for data storage localization.

That’s because foreign negotiators could say that their countries were only doing for their national champions what the FCC did for America’s Silicon Valley national champions.

And unfortunately, price regulating Internet traffic as “telecommunications” likely would require privacy-invasive, deep-packet-inspection, at sovereign borders in order to determine who owes whom what under an ITU “telecommunications” sender-party-pays, trade-settlement regime.

In sum, hubris causes blind spots.

[Originally posted on The Daily Caller]

— Scott Cleland

Scott Cleland is a precursor: a proven thought leader with a long track record of industry firsts. Cleland is President of Precursor® LLC, a Fortune 500 research consultancy specializing in the future of Internet competition, property rights, privacy, cyber-security and cyber-ideology; algorithmic markets; and communications competition and de-regulation. Cleland authors the widely-read PrecursorBlog and serves as Chairman of NetCompetition® a pro-competition e-forum supported by broadband interests. A world-leading research authority on Google, Cleland authored the book: Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc. and is publisher of the watchdog site Google Monitor. Cleland served as Deputy United States Coordinator for Communications and Information Policy in the George H. W. Bush Administration. Eight Congressional subcommittees have sought Cleland’s expert testimony and Institutional Investor twice ranked him the #1 independent analyst in his field. Scott Cleland has been profiled in Fortune, National Journal, Barrons, WSJ’s Smart Money, and Investors Business Daily. Ten publications have featured his op-eds. For a full bio see:

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October 19, 2014 at 12:27PM | Internet Technology Business
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