Thursday, April 27, 2006

Who Controls the Internet?

While in the car, I caught today's edition of Fresh Air on NPR—a fascinating interview with Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu, authors of Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World.

If you've heard a bit about the legal issues faced by Google and Yahoo! outside of the U.S. (particularly in China) and wonder what they mean to the nature and future of the Web, this interview is a great way to learn more. Goldsmith and Wu have some surprising ideas and conclusions that (dare I say it?) suggest that a completely unregulated, freewheeling Internet isn't necessarily the cyber-utopia that we Web idealists rhapsodize. It's must-listening for UXCentrists!

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