Free Culture vs 1984 vs Free Markets
Must-read piece by Tim Wu about the Great Firewall of China.
A developing theme for me this year is the political closure of the Net. Two kinds of people, I think, should be thinking about this. First, Free Culturites, most of whom seem to be conveniently ignoring the fact that things like Creative Commons licenses are only valuable after
the goods they cover are accessible. Second, the usual suspects, because I think huge market gaps are opening here (to defeat the censorship, not to build it). The value prop is almost unbeatable - I think the hypergrowth of satellite TV in the 90s might be the closest proxy.