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Broadband Blackmail

Broadband Blackmail
Should someone pick your ISP for you? Code is thus limiting competition. The network is being designed to restrict ISP choice, and thereby lock broadband customers to the cable operator"s local broadband network.
Industry Standard, June, 1999

Coding Privacy

Coding Privacy
After years of inaction, Congress is finally coming to see that privacy on the Internet won"t take care of itself. The mystery isn"t that self-regulation failed\; the mystery is why anyone thought it would succeed.
Industry Standard, May, 1999

The Problem with Patents

The Problem with Patents
A patent is a form of regulation. It is a government-granted monopoly - an exclusive right backed by the power of the state. This monopoly is granted by a bureaucrat - a well-meaning, hardworking bureaucrat no doubt, but a bureaucrat nonetheless.
Industry Standard, April 23, 1999

The Code is the Law

The Code is the Law
The single most significant change in the politics of cyberspace is the coming of age of this simple idea: The code is law. The architectures of cyberspace are as important as the law in defining and defeating the liberties of the Net.
Industry Standard, April 9, 1999

Pain in the OS

Pain in the OS
A growing number of Linux users have tried to return their copy of Windows and receive the promised refund.
Industry Standard, February 5, 1999

The Spam Wars

The Spam Wars
The looming conflict is a spam war. A spam war is not the battle to clear our inboxes of uninvited junk. A spam war is the battle that will be fought as spam vigilantes flex their muscles and ISPs resist.
Industry Standard, December 31, 1998

Sign It and Weep

Sign It and Weep
Earlier this month, the drafting committee for an obscure but enormously important proposed law known as Article 2B of the Uniform Commercial Code met to address growing opposition to its work.
Industry Standard, November 20, 1998

Digital Dog Tags

Digital Dog Tags
If the government wants to regulate your behavior - make you pay taxes, say, or deny you the right to buy cigarettes - it needs to know who you are.
Industry Standard, October 16, 1998

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