The Unfairness of Fairness

Several years ago, America was a gigabit desert. No American communities had the prospect for the world-leading broadband enjoyed in Korea, Japan, and Sweden. Now, with Google and AT&T negotiating to build such networks in dozens of communities and with others now stepping up, America may soon enjoy a gigabit garden.

Of course there’s a wrinkle.

Many factors could derail the progress. One is a complaint sometimes raised when Google, in particular, starts negotiating with a community.  The complaint? The new investment will create a digital divide because Google does not commit to connect every neighborhood. The argument, while sometimes well-intentioned, ignores history, economics, and the reality of the digital divide. Moreover, its proponents fail to acknowledge the consequences of their arguments.

via Holding Back High-Speed Internet for the Poor’s Sake Just Hurts Everyone | Opinion | WIRED.

Courts strike back at the police state

In a key transparency case, a federal judge has ordered the United States government to hand over four orders and one opinion from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) published in secret between 2005 and 2008. US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers will then review those documents in private.

via Gov’t must give up 5 secret surveillance docs for court to review, judge orders | Ars Technica.

I hope this trend continues.