Psychology of Extremism, Models for Reasonable Network Management, and More

  • CRTC adopts a standard for “reasonable network management”
    Public Knowledge’s Harold Feld has the background leading up to this Canadian policy making as well as the particulars which follow and augment the FCC’s own decision in the Comcast/BitTorrent complaint. As Feld suggests, this is a good model for the FCC to contemplate while work through its own policies and procedures on net neutrality which are meant to include reasonable network management as well.
  • More analysis of CRTC network management rules
    Nate Anderson at Ars adds to the analysis of the recent CRTC ruling. He clarifies that discrimination is not forbidden, as such, but qualified as to be used as a means of last resort. Nate also dwells on the inherent ambiguity of what is a framework for decisions rather than bright line rules.
  • Blog to discuss artist, fan connection and compensation
    Glyn Moody points out this new site that starts from the presumption that consumers do want to pay for stuff. He contrasts that to what I would agree is an inaccurate characterization of consumers by industry, of either never paying or only paying the ridiculous sums the middle men set. This dialogue has the potential to further shake up these counter productive myths.
  • Psychology of extremism in public discourse
    The Register explains some very interesting research which supports what I have long suspected. In short, those with extreme views tend to be most vocal and in exercising their perspectives, they introduce biases in how everyone thinks about what is and is not the majority or consensus view.
  • Ontario GNU Linux Fest
    This sounds a treat, an event modeled after the highly successful Ohio Linux Fest. Some day, I will make it to one of these as I consistently hear good things. Probably not to this one since it is too far to travel cheaply and, well, it is this weekend so insanely short notice for anyone not in the area.
  • Casual singer in a store pursued for performance fees
    Yet another point in the trend of absurdity that industry is tracking with its desperate need to prop up existing revenue streams. As the article notes, the store in question stopped playing recorded music because of an earlier complaint. At least the collecting society here finally backed down though I am not optimistic it will forestall another such incident.