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Ever since the 1930s, self-driving cars have been just 20 years away. Many of those earlier visions, however, depended on changes to physical infrastructure that never came about, such as special roads embedded with magnets.
by Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger
Network neutrality prevents broadband Internet service providers from micromanaging our lives online. Constraining the networks this way enables and even empowers Internet users to be active and productive human beings rather than passive consumers. Unfortunately, the network neutrality debate is so polarized that neither side sees the full picture.
For two years, network neutrality, the nation’s most high-profile and contentious Internet policy conflict has taken a backseat to other debates—privacy investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, cybersecurity orders from the White House, proposed copyright legislation like SOPA and PIPA, software patents in courts, and censorship abroad. After nearly a decade of (rarely productive) debate, net neutrality—restrictions on Internet service providers to ensure consumers experience freedom online—has rarely been in the news since early 2011.
Iran's drive to become a nuclear power hinges partly on a facility outside the small mountain town of Natanz. According to intelligence analysts, the facility houses thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium to levels that could support nuclear weapons development,which has raised worldwide fears of a nuclearIran. Amid faltering negotiations with the West to curb Iran's drive for nuclear power and with enrichment activities well under way, the Natanzfacility mysteriously began to suffer technical difficulties in late 2009 and early 2010.