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  • joly 6:31 pm on 12/26/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: @ISOCNY 20th Anniversary Celebration as an @InternetSociety Chapter @LMHQ_NYC 

    ISOC-NY 1997-2017On Dec 20 2017 the Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its formal affiliation to the global Internet Society. Speakers included original founders Wayne Spivak, Everett Cabajal, and Kathy Lee Zasloff, plus current officers Shuli Hallak (Executive Director), Joly MacFie (President). We also heard from Internet Hall of Famer Dave Farber about how the Internet Society itself got started, and an update on the NYC Mesh from Brian Hall. A recording will be streamed tonight Tuesday December 26 2017 at 7pm EST (UTC-5). Sorry, no captions.

    *View on Livestream: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/isocny20

     
  • joly 6:34 am on 07/12/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ISOC-NY and the #NetNeutrality Day of Action #openthepipes 

    As you will hopefully be aware, today July 12 is a designated ‘Internet-wide Day of Action‘ with the main purpose of creating sufficient ruckus to make the FCC think twice about rescinding its Open Internet Order.

    I write, personally, rather than institutionally, to clarify hopefully the Internet Society’s position on this​,​ which is somewhat nuanced.

    ​Firstly​, we welcome the day of action, and indeed any activity that raises the awareness of the network and its governance. Secondly, we thoroughly endorse the principles and spirit of openness that drive it.
    ​That said, there are certain aspects of the Net Neutrality concept and effort ​that give us pause, the main one being the idea that central authorities should tell people how to run their networks. The historical reason the Internet grew, while its peers vanished, was just this lack of control, husbanded by an ad hoc system of organization, exemplified by the IETF, of multistakeholder collaboration. This came to be called, in fact, ‘the Internet model’.
    Globally as, increasingly, authoritarian impulses drive attempts to control, or shatter the integrity of, the Internet abound, ISOC’s role to advocate against such efforts is clear. Oe of the main ways we do this, and I recommend a viewing of Kathy Brown’s keynote at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai a couple of weeks back, is to encourage continuing local-driven growth at the edges i.e. community networks. In that speech, Kathy strongly urges cell carriers to support, and open their networks to, traffic from such communities, arguing that the resulting network effects will benefit everyone.
    This, I would suggest, is where the struggle lies today, in building sustainable modes of bottom up access to the network, rather than campaigning against yet-to-be manifested horrors of monopolistic manipulation. Fast lanes and slow lanes are beside the point.  The rallying cry should be “OPEN THE PIPES!
     
    • Gene Gaines 11:57 am on 07/12/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Joly, Thank you for your excellent post on Day of Action.

      So very important that the open nature of our Internet not be lost, but Verizon and their lawyers prefer to attempt to work to degrade the Internet to become a scarce, costly resource.

      They are wrong, the tides of history, technology, evolution are against them. They will lose, but are in process of harming the Internet as they try to undercut progress.

      Verizon is using the Federal Communications Commission to continue what we call “astroturfing”.

      No honor here for what has become a shambles of a telephone company, as they continue to resist progress. They have lost, perhaps can find survival in becoming a remote alarm company.

  • joly 2:30 pm on 11/23/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: 2009 NYC Council Net Neutrality Hearing 

    Joly MacFie of ISOC-NY speaks at 7:54

    Full hearing video: http://punkcast.com/1689/

     
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