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Radio Berkman 165: Zittrain & Lessig TAKE ON...Net Neutrality!

Radio Berkman 165: Zittrain & Lessig TAKE ON...Net Neutrality!

This week, Radio Berkman rolls out the second episode in a new, special series of conversations between Professor Lessig and Professor Zittrain. The first conversation in the series addressed technology competition, and, this week, the topic is especially thorny and contentious: network neutrality. From the MediaBerkman blog:

Net Neutrality.

What started out as a high level policy debate among internet service providers and telecommunications geeks has since blossomed into an all out war, with battle lines ostensibly drawn between those who value free expression and innovation on one side, and free market advocates on another.

The idea is that ISPs should not be allowed discriminate between any kind of content that comes over the wires to your home. The implication is that some regulator needs to step in to make sure this idea is enforced.

But as with any contentious debate there are subtleties, complications, and hints that the discussion should be steered in a completely different direction. And few have a better acuity for the nuances of such a geeky topic than Jonathan Zittrain and Larry Lessig.

Everything you wanted to know about net neutrality but were afraid to ask, in this month’s segment of Jonathan & Larry TAKE ON...!


For this Lessig + Zittrain episode, the second in an ongoing Radio Berkman series that will bring the two professors together to discuss the toughest law and technology issues of the day:

Any thoughts on the show? Compliments or criticisms? Share them with us in the comments. We’re also looking for a name for this series. If you have any brilliant ideas drop us a comment!

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Jun 13, 2006

The Move to the Middle: The Enduring Threat of Harmful Speech to Network Neutrality

This paper traces the evolution of thinking about the technical concept of the end-to-end principle and the legal concept of the regulation of the flow of packets across the…