Saving the Net
November 20th, 2005

In a very long essay (14 pages when printed), but absolutely essential to read, Doc Searls looks at the future of the Net.

The title of his essay is pretty explicit: “Saving the Net: How to Keep the Carriers from Flushing the Net Down the Tubes.”

Here is the first paragraph.

We’re hearing tales of two scenarios–one pessimistic, one optimistic–for the future of the Net. If the paranoids are right, the Net’s toast. If they’re not, it will be because we fought to save it, perhaps in a new way we haven’t talked about before. Davids, meet your Goliaths.

His article is divided in three sections.


  • Scenario I: The Carriers Win

  • Scenario II: The Public Workaround

  • Scenario III: Fight with Words and Not Just Deeds

Even if this essay is focused on the situation in the U.S, it’s still a must-read article for everyone. Please read it and pass the pointers to other people around you.

Links: Doc Searl’s article in Linux Journal, November 16, 2005; Doc Searls Weblog


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