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Date: 9/27/2007

Why Net Neutrality is essential – Verizon edition

The attempt by Verizon to chill speech in the form of text-message alerts by NARAL gets serious considered reactions across the net — and others. This kind of action by what should be a common carrier with no authority over content is exactly what net neutralists have feared and predicted. Thanks for making it real, Verizon. Now let’s get some legislation and enforcement in place.

Fellow J-school blogger Leroy Townes says more at his TalkPolitics blog.

Amy Tiemann posts her reaction, as a concerned mom, at her CNet (parent . thesis) blog.

Here’s what Verizon found offensive:

End Bush’s global gag rule against birth control for world’s poorest women! Call Congress. (202) 224-3121. Thnx! Naral Text4Choice

UPDATE: Verizon just reversed thier position and will allow the NARAL messages says CNet.

The democratization of innovation makes everybody happy

I get the money quote in a Daily Tar Heel article out today about the success of Red Hat and of Open Source, Local open-source provider thrives.

The writer, Alex Henderson, does a good job of finding students who can say why open source and Red Hat are important. Carolina Open Source Initiative‘s Doug Whitfield also gives props to (thanks Doug):

The other is the nonprofit, UNC-run, an extensive online library and digital archive. “They’re the kind of poster child of open source,” Whitfield said.


Whitfield said ibiblio is an equally important member of the open-source community.

“What ibiblio has meant to the open-source community through the years, I don’t think that can be overstated,” he said. “I think that gets lost in the shuffle because they don’t make money.”

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