March 30, 2016

In discussions about the future of the Internet, many folks will say that the United Nations (UN) sees Internet access as a basic human right – this has been a common refrain since UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue published his 2011 report.

But the thought of the Internet as ‘a new human right’ never sat well with me.
So this week, I decided to do something novel: read the UN report for myself.

And guess what? That’s not what it says.

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March 9, 2016

I like words. Words are important.

Words can also be confusing – especially in English, where we like to use the same words (sometimes, but not always, with slightly different spelling) to mean very different things.

One lesson that’s stuck out to me recently, is that internet and the Internet and the web are not the same.

Read the Post “the internet” or “the Internet” or “the web”?

February 24, 2016

Who knew there were so many awesome events, where Internet groupies can get together to talk about this vital public resource that quietly facilitates freedom of speech and an endless supply of cat videos, all in a day’s work.

Here’s a short, incomplete and Sam-leaning list of events where you can talk about the Internet, IRL, in 2016.

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February 15, 2016