Court rules on net neutrality: not all bad.

On October 1, 2019, The United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia issued its ruling in the case of Mozilla v FCC. The Court's ruling is contained in a 186 opinion.  The best part of the opinion is that the Court ruled that the FCC attack on net neutrality does not preempt … Continue reading Court rules on net neutrality: not all bad.

Age of the Internet as a Democratic Equalizer is Dimming.

When I started my law practice, the options for marketing were limited to expensive Yellow Page and newspaper ads, and networking.  Some of you may not even know what those terms mean.  They have become relics.  The same was true of all professions and trades, as well as hobbies and artistry.  If you simply wanted … Continue reading Age of the Internet as a Democratic Equalizer is Dimming.

One Year Anniversary of Repeal of Net Neutrality

June 11, 2019 was the one year anniversary of the Ajit Pai  led repeal of net neutrality regulations.  Pai is the Trump appointed Chair of the FCC and a cable industry insider - a former Associate General Counsel at Verizon, among other positions.  After being appointed Chair of the FCC, he closed an investigation of … Continue reading One Year Anniversary of Repeal of Net Neutrality

Open Source Code: Democratic tech or Oligarchic tool?

For some time, I've been wanting to read Anand Giridharadas's critically acclaimed Winners Take: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.  It's a book about the relationship between rising inequality and the current culture of philanthropy among the top 0.001% the wealth spectrum.  It's also about so much more, including the role of the share … Continue reading Open Source Code: Democratic tech or Oligarchic tool?

Coalition recommits to single unified definition of ‘open source’

A coalition of major open source code stakeholders have affirmed their commitment to a unified global definition of 'open source.'  That definition can be found at the bottom of this post.  Their announcement can be found in this press release. The coalition operates under the non-profit organization named the Open Source Initiative.  It's board members … Continue reading Coalition recommits to single unified definition of ‘open source’

General Data Protection Regulation:  How the EU’s data privacy regulations will impact even those outside the EU. 

After four years of debate, the European Union passed the GDPR in April 2016.  It became active on May 25, 2018, forever altering how organizations across the world will approach data processing.  Here is a quick analysis of the impact of the new regulations. Who does it affect? Though the European Union only has jurisdiction … Continue reading General Data Protection Regulation:  How the EU’s data privacy regulations will impact even those outside the EU.