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Me on CBC’s Search Engine

I’ve been quoted on CBC’s Search Engine! You can listen to the episode online. I just got around to listening to the episode (via podcast, of course) today.

A couple weeks ago they asked question about whether net neutrality should be a right. I caught that in my RSS feed and manage to get first post with one of many, many little arguments that I think pile up and demonstrate why some sort of guaranteed net neutrality is essential to what makes the Internet a positive, democratizing force. Here’s what I said:

The Internet is a platform. It’s nothing without the people and the technologies that are built on it.

Net Neutrality guarantees that new technologies (and new people) won’t be excluded by incumbents seeking to defend their position.

Tim Berners-Lee said “When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone for permission.” http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/node/144

They left out the bit about incumbents in the show… Not brilliant or earth-shattering, I think, but I think it’s a point that needs making.