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Re: <nettime> Lori Emerson: What's Wrong With the Internet and How
Lori Emerson on Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:56:32 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Lori Emerson: What's Wrong With the Internet and How


   Hi all, I'm glad to see the interview is being circulated, especially
   as I still worry it's too technical for most readers. And certainly,
   the design of TCP/IP was very political - Andrew Russell talks about
   the historical details in his book Open Standards. I've been working on
   an article called "The Net Has Never Been Neutral" where I try to delve
   into the larger political implications of its design - happy to share
   this with anyone b/c. But, as Day points out in the interview, the fact
   that certain decisions were made about the layers explicitly so the
   design would not resemble what the French were doing with CYCLADES is
   one example of politics at play. I'd also say that there's politics
   involved even when there's no explicit or conscious political intent.Â
   yrs, Lori

   On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 3:56 AM, Iain Boal <boal {AT} sonic.net> wrote:

     So there was a purely political decision to build in the
     asymmetries.
     Can you corroborate, beyond the mere assertion? Who? When? Evidence
     welcome.  IB

     On Jul 27, 2015, at 8:28 PM, morlockelloi {AT} yahoo.com wrote:

     > The Internet *is* it's lowest protocol layers. The ideology and
     > politics are embedded in protocols, and attempts to 'solve' the problem
     > without addressing these fundamental issues are doomed to fail.
     >
     > Example: the asymmetry of DSL and cable bandwidths in the two
     > directions is built into the link layer, and it was purely political
     > decision, little to do with technology.
 <...>

   --
   Lori Emerson
   Associate Professor | Director, Media Archaeology Lab
   Department of English and Intermedia Arts, Writing, and PerformanceÂ
   University of Colorado at Boulder
   Hellems 101, 226 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0226
   loriemerson.net | mediaarchaeologylab.com


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