politics

The Importance of Net Neutrality

  While we all know how valuable and important the internet is, those of us born in the late seventies, early eighties. I feel have a special appreciation for it. Why? Because growing up, one year we were in a library photocopying encyclopedias, and the next we were accessing the first websites, finding information online. One summer we were sending postcards and letters to friends back home during summer vacation, the next we were emailing. Etc. We literally watched the internet be born, watched it change how we live our lives. No one in Congress is this generation (that I know of). Not that it’d matter, I’m sure they’d still sell it out for a fat Comcast Check. Certainly, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is cashing his Comcast check(s) Why is…

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I’ll Always Vote Optimism

I’ll never stop voting for hope and optimism. There’s been a lot of discussion around the recent vote on Initiative 300 (feel free to read the initiative here and a great Denverite article, here). It passed by a narrow margin and immediately the hand-wringing commenced. The Mayor opposed it, saying it went “too far too fast” That feels like Mayor Hancock’s motto as most of his efforts seem to be closer to “Do little, talk a lot.” Here’s why I voted for it. It’s not an amendment to our state constitution, so while some argue it’s wording isn’t great, it can be revised and adjusted as we collect data on its implementation. It’s the result of builders and the city giving no fucks about Denver’s future. When the government and “The…

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Just Vote

I don’t really care who you vote for, though I certainly hope you align with me :) Really though, i don’t care. I care about Americans being so apathetic we sit around, bitch about political ads, bitch about whomever is in office, and then come voting day, we’re “too busy”, “Don’t care enough, the other guy’s gonna win anyway, the news said so” etc. We’re often our own worst enemy. On Columbus day I saw tweets going around about taking Columbus day as a national holiday and giving it to Native Americans (which is certainly better than Columbus day) but the one I liked the most, make Election day a national holiday.  Remove the biggest excuses for low turn out. Until that happens, though, it’s on us. I’ve voted in every…

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Defend the internet

Why something that was born from academia, transcends (mostly) national borders, and brings together people and idea, even needs defending is beyond me. That said, it’s clearly not beyond our government. Whether it’s the NSA or our congressmen, it seems like the fight for a free and neutral internet hasn’t stopped in years. When one idiotic bill is killed (SOPA/PIPA) another is introduced with much the same goals. I’m taking part in today, because I think it’s a big deal. Already we’re seeing the effects of a less than neutral internet, and it’s been less than a month.  Many have posted great examples of what a non neutral network could look like, and sadly the above is one that was common “…Now imagine a future where Netflix streaming is twice…

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