Reuters has published its recent interview with Susan Crawford, author of “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age”. Reuters notes that, since the interview, Google has announced an expansion of its Kansas City fiber project. Video is below. No captions.
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The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.
Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more. More information about the host organizations and the areas of focus for the fellows are outlined here.
Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations, but will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including conducting policy research and analysis; drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities.
Who should apply?
Google are looking for students who are passionate about technology, and want to spend the summer diving headfirst into Internet policy. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:
- Demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and technology policy
- Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
- First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment
Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013(June-August). Exact dates of the fellowship will be worked out by the fellow and host organization.
The deadline to apply is March 15 2013.
On January 9, 2012 at Google NYC, the New York Technology Council presented a “Cutting-Edge Technology Showcase” to demonstrate “awe-inspiring technologies available today”. These included augmented reality games, body-imaging health applications, instant language translation and object recognition in cellphones, and on-demand 3D printed product marketing.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, debate the role that connection technologies will play in statecraft and foreign policy, and how governments and businesses in the West should foster the spread and use of these technologies in places such as China and Iran. Posted by the Council on Foreign Relations on Nov 4. Associated essay: Digital Disruption.
The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. New York Chapter Panel: Why Viacom v. YouTube Matters (Besides the $1 Billion) at the Princeton Club NYC on Nov 18 2010. While YouTube won a summary judgement in this case, it is under appeal. The panel was tasked, rather than making appellate cases, with discussing the implications of the decision. Nevertheless much of the meat of the arguments was chewed at this lunchtime event.
Panel: Cliff Sloan (Partner, Skadden Arps), Daniel Blackman (Co-founder, Howcast, and formerly of Google), Michael Kwun (Of Counsel, Keker & Van Nest), Thomas Sydnor (Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Property at The Progress & Freedom Foundation), Moderated by Professor James Grimmelmann (New York Law School)
Now this week, warming to his theme, he criticized the policy making process. “”The average American doesn’t realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists” to protect incumbent interests, he said at the Washington Ideas Forum. “It’s shocking how the system actually works.”
Google and Verizon have issued a statement A joint policy proposal for an open Internet to address last week’s furor over network neutrality. The companies have published a proposal to the FCC, see below.
A Robert X Cringely op-ed in today’s New York Times suggests that the Verizon-Google deal that caused so much of an uproar last week is simply an arrangement, in a practice common to CDNs known as edge-serving, to place data servers in the ISP’s premises. Cringely notes that in Google’s case ‘data server’ takes on a whole new meaning with the utilization of a modular system of multiple blade-laden shipping containers. Here’a video guide to a Google data center built on the system:
- Google Public Policy blog: Net neutrality and the benefits of caching
- Google presentation to IETF Designs, Lessons and Advice from Building Large Distributed Systems
- Doc Searls Nothing happening here. Move along.
On July 30 2010 Vint Cerf provided the closing remarks at the sixth Google North American Computer Science Faculty Summit. He talked about the need for IPv6 adoption and the coming “Internet of Things”.