Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Zakia Bouachraoui, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz

Blog Feed Post

Net Threats: Internet Openness in Danger

By

Reflecting the increasing attention paid to information security by many Americans, Pew Research recently conducted a large study, “Net Threats”, to identify important trends among technology experts’ opinions and predictions regarding the future of digital security. The study targeted thousands of Internet experts to measure their thoughts and concerns about the future of the Internet. Researchers at Pew identified four major themes among responses, and this post will discuss the third theme – Commercial pressures affecting everything from Internet architecture to the flow of information will endanger the open structure of online life.

War ignited this year over Net Neutrality, with government officials, lawmakers, Internet service providers, entertainment providers, and even comedians joining the fray. The conflict stems primarily from the explosion of American data consumption – and who should pay for it. Internet service providers maintain that entertainment providers like Netflix and Google should pay for the rise in Internet traffic, while content providers argue that those costs would undermine the freeness and fairness of the Internet for smaller companies and organizations.

In April, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules for the Internet to address the conflict; companies could pay Internet service providers to access digital fast lanes, where data would travel at superior speeds. Consumer advocacy groups immediately objected to his proposal, predicting that the fast lane access fee would simply transfer to consumers. Open Internet advocates objected as well, predicting that the superior quality of content from established online companies would constitute a substantial barrier to entry for Internet startups.

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian also objected to Internet fast lanes. The Internet entrepreneur employed Crowdtilt  to successfully fund an anti- fast lane advertising campaign that received a large amount of monetary support and media attention.  With his argument that the Internet is a utility that should remain neutral and unobstructed by fees, his campaign raised over $20,000. John Oliver, a comedian who gained popularity on The Colbert Report, objected to the fast lanes on his own comedic news show Last Week Tonight. Oliver implored viewers to comment on the FCC website to express their opposition to the fast lanes, and the plea was so successful that the FCC website crashed for several hours due to the heightened traffic to the website.

American tech companies have also objected to the proposed rules. In a letter dated May 7th, many large companies – including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, and Facebook – expressed their opposition to fast lanes. The letter identifies the Internet as “an engine of entrepreneurship and economic growth” and maintains that fast lanes would result in a less competitive, less free Internet. In May, several Senators also wrote Mr. Wheeler a letter opposing his proposal.

Technology experts cited in the Pew study predict that the quality of online information flows will decline because the tendency of governments and corporations to focus on short-term gains will prevent them from creating an environment engendering an Open Internet for the future. The dissenting (and optimistic) respondents of the study maintained that innovation and the continued spread of Internet access will outweigh the threats posed to Net Neutrality by the monetization of Internet activities.

The controversies surrounding fast lanes and Net Neutrality are far from over. Whether commercial pressures will diminish the open structure of online life remains to be seen.

 

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to great conferences, helping you discover new conferences and increase your return on investment.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICOHOLDER named "Media Sponsor" of Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO. ICOHOLDER gives detailed information and help the community to invest in the trusty projects. Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO has opened its Call for Papers. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to [email protected] Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPOalso offers sp...
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or per...
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IoT Global Network has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The IoT Global Network is a platform where you can connect with industry experts and network across the IoT community to build the successful IoT business of the future.
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.