from the thus-spake dept

This week, each our winners on the insightful facet are people expressing their doubt about our Greenhouse visitor put up on thoughtfully regulating the web. In first place, it is an nameless commenter specializing in the assorted pursuits at play:

The massive hazard for Web regulation is that the driving drive is old fashioned publishers, and so they need to cut back or eradicate the self publishing capabilities of the Web. On the similar time, the politicians need to wrest again management over political dialogue, which is what’s driving the assaults on part 230, whereas the safety companies need to abolish or backdoor all encryption.

If fosta/sesta is something to go on, regulation shall be used to backdoor authorities management over content material by merely growing the issues that websites could be held accountable for inside person generated content material.

In second place, it is a totally different nameless commenter specializing in the federal government’s observe document:

Absolutely it must be proven that the federal government can successfully govern the infrastructure earlier than it begins redefining the infrastructure to incorporate everybody’s lounge and storage?

Points like web neutrality, cheap value accounting and sincere value reporting for easy shopper web companies, dependable maps of areas served by cable or cell-tower, addressing the digital divide–are all (1) a lot simpler than regulating free speech; (2) inarguably constitutional, (3) at the moment inside the authority of the federal government regulators, and …

(4) not even addressed, not to mention solved.

Whichever authorities company can clear up THOSE issues … could also be judged competent to outline the issues of the sting.

However at this level, authorities regulators are permitting monolithic monopolies to present themselves enormous value benefits to their very own subsidiaries promoting content material to their captive audiences; ignoring the false promoting of costs and contract-violating value will increase (each will increase in hidden charges to be paid as “content material charges” to their very own subsidiaries, and uncontrollable, exorbitant, economically-unjustifiable prices for downloads in extra of plan); not requiring correct reporting of areas served or speeds accessible in these areas; and giving cash away for “increasing protection”, then by no means even checking to see if the required areas had been served, or certainly if that cash was even spent on companies.

I might grade that “F” in regulation, “F” in accounting, “F” in know-how, “F” in social research.

These are the folks that you really want engaged on HARD issues? I would not belief them to dig a privy with each palms and a trowel.

First, walk–then run. Really, first crawl. Possibly, first roll over and cry for a bottle.

Since that put up generated numerous debate, we’ll kick off the editor’s alternative for insightful with yet one more remark, this time from That One Man additionally specializing in the conflicting motivations:

Quantity doesn’t equal validity

Whereas there are legitimate issues concerning on-line platforms and companies far too usually the ‘issues’ I see vary from egocentric issues on the a part of governments about how these platforms have the utter audacity to not simply give all of them the information they’ve and/or use encryption so the federal government cannot simply get the information itself, people and teams upset that platforms have guidelines and maintain kicking the assholes off, or entrenched firms/industries which might be indignant that somebody got here alongside and succeeded the place they failed and so need to add in rules crippling their new competitors.

If I believed that these calling for rules had been doing so actually and in one of the best pursuits of the general public that will be one factor, however because it stands most of the time it appears the motivations are purely egocentric and self-serving, with nary a take care of the broader impression that their calls for would have if applied.

Subsequent, it is Bobvious with a remark in regards to the appeals courtroom ruling that stated deal with errors on warrants are not any huge deal:


I am certain that if a choose’s deal with “was used to check a department-wide pc system” there could be REAL reform REAL QUICK.

Over on the humorous facet, our first place winner is an nameless commenter responding to AT&T’s assault on Part 230:

Splendid! Let’s strip AT&T of the immunities it enjoys when criminals use the cellphone system to commit crimes. Each time an Indian Prolonged-Car-Guarantee or IRS-collection rip-off name is made–every time a Nigerian money-transfer electronic mail is distributed throughout AT&T wires–NAIL THEM FOR RICO!

As a result of, in contrast to Dangerous Stuff being uploaded to Youtube which can’t be noticed with out human evaluation, the phone-company nerds know cease the fraudulent cellphone calls. (It is a matter of validating the cellphone originator, the protocols for that are already in place.) However the cellphone firms don’t do that, as a result of … properly, they receives a commission for finishing fraudulent calls.

No matter Google or Fb is doing, they CANNOT do something so annoying to most of the people, as these fraudulent cellphone calls.

Kick the elephant out of the bed room earlier than in search of crickets.

In second place, it is a response to Trump’s tantrum over the FTC not doing what he desires:



For editor’s alternative on the humorous facet, we begin out with Norahc commenting on the scholars and oldsters who found out sport an AI examination grading system:

Edgenuity – coaching folks to be search engine marketing specialists at over 20,000 campuses nationwide.

Lastly, it is :Lobo Santo commenting on the administrations obvious assortment of dossiers on journalists who criticize the president:

Inverted Lists

Would not or not it’s quicker and simpler to record the individuals who’re aren’t important of Trump?

That is all for this week, people!

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