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Tim Wu on 'The Master Switch' and dominance over the Internet

By Cecilia Kang

If history is a guide, Tim Wu argues in his new book, “The Master Switch,” that the Internet is in danger of becoming a closed communications medium dominated by one or two major corporations.

That was the case with radio, which began with hundreds of broadcasters and stations until the federal government imposed rules for licensing airwaves. The same scenario played out with television.

The Columbia University professor of law and early evangelist of net neutrality talks about the book with The Post during a Georgetown book party this week hosted by Andrew McLaughlin, the nation's deputy chief technology officer. I'm still wading through the 322-page book, but here is one review by the Wall Street Journal, if you are interested.

When asked who Wu thinks would dominate the Web if it becomes like radio? Apple's Steve Jobs.

What do you think?

By Cecilia Kang  | November 11, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, DOJ, FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Comments

By golly... I think he's drunk! The swaying back and forth, the slurred words, and check out @ 1:32. Is that a belch?

I wanna party with this geek.

Posted by: ErnestH1 | November 12, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

What do I (and, judging from the election results, most of the country) think? That Wu is attempting to gin up fear on behalf of his lobbying client Google so that the Internet will be regulated... Google's way. Fortunately, the voters spoke out loud and clear against the "network neutrality" regulation that Wu and other Google lobbyists are pushing. If he believes that the public will buy his BS, then perhaps that swaying IS drunkenness.

It's also worth noting that Cecilia Kang, Google's reporter at the post, publishes his comments without analysis or criticism, essentially providing him - and Google! - with free advertising space in the Post for Google's corporate lobbying message.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | November 14, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

By the way, it's also worth noting that Wu cites Steve Jobs of Apple - which recently parted ways with Google - as a threatening "media mogul," but does not mention Eric ("ice cream man") Schmidt of Google. No coincidence.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | November 14, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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