Matthew Stadler, writer, editor and co-founder of the Publication Studio and Howard Rhinegold

Welcome to the digital divide

KBOO's The Digital Divide explores technology through interviews, recordings, and commentary. The show touches upon such issues as open source, intellectual property and privicy, net neutrality, social networking, environmental science, bioethics and more.

Today we'll hear Suzanne LaGrande talk to Matthew Stadler, writer, editor and co-founder of the Publication Studio. Mr. Stadler talks about the Publication Studio's DIY publishing strategies, the social life of the book, and the importance of creating public conversations.

We’ll also hear Howard Rheingold talk about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group. That from TED.

First the Technology News

The Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) invites you to view the innovative 2011 class of start-ups. Selected from hundreds of original program applicants, eight start-up companies will take the public stage for the first time, with eight minutes or less to showcase what leading brands have deemed “disruptive technologies.”

Demo presentations will be followed by a meet & greet reception with the startups and respected members of the tech, brand, startup and investor communities. The demonstrations are open to the public, which kicks off at2:30p.m. at Portland’s Bagdad Theater. The event will also be streamed live at

With several companies already generating significant investor interest and funding, this is your chance to see PIE’s eight technology start-ups unveiled. That’s Tuesday, January 17,: Doors open at 2:00p.m.; demos start at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, 

FCC, Fox News have their day in court, the Supreme Court

here is an excerpt from the article from Huffington Post regarding Fox's day in court this week.

"Five organizations -- which differ widely on many issues -- have filed a joint brief urging the court to recognize that the Constitution demands an end to FCC censorship of television, given the fundamental transformation of the media landscape. 

In its 1978 FCC v. Pacifica decision, the Court gave broadcasting less protection than other media (like newspapers) because it was both "pervasive" in American culture and "invasive" -- an "intruder" in the home from which parents were powerless to protect their children. But that rationale long ago disintegrated.

When a federal appellate court struck down the FCC's indecency rules last year, it hit the nail on the head: "we face a media landscape that would have been almost unrecognizable in 1978." Back then, nearly all Americans relied on broadcasting to deliver a limited range of video media to their homes. 

Today, only 8 to 15 percent of American households rely on over-the-air broadcasting, with the majority subscribing to cable or satellite service. More and more Americans are getting video content online from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and countless other sites. These services are not "intruders" in the home, but invited guests.

This from the Huffington Post, Links to all available on the website.
In November of 2011, The Republican-held House of Representatives voted 241-178, with 13 abstentions, against the FCC's rules last spring.

However, the 52-to-46 Senate vote amounted to a symbolic exercise, as President Obama pledged earlier this week to veto any resolution challenging the FCC’s Open Internet regulations.

Approved by the FCC last December, the rules are designed to prevent internet service providers from using speed or normal prioritizing of traffic flow to discriminate in behalf of favored content partners. The regulations allow the FCC to impose fines and bring injunctions against companies that slow down internet service for customers who are streaming movies or downloading music.
and this directly from the FCC web site regarding "net neutrality" and Open Internet
What Is the “Open Internet”?
The “Open Internet” is the Internet as we know it, a level playing field where consumers can make their own choices about what applications and services to use, and where consumers are free to decide what content they want to access, create, or share with others. The FCC adopted the Open Internet rules to ensure that the Internet remains a powerful platform for innovation and job creation; to empower consumers and entrepreneurs; to protect free expression; to promote competition; to increase certainty in the marketplace by providing greater predictability for all stakeholders regarding federal policy in this area, and to spur investment both at the “edge,” and in the core of our broadband networks.

What is "Net Neutrality"?

Network, or “net,” neutrality is just another way of referring to Open Internet principles.

Do Open Internet Rules Regulate Internet Content or Applications?

No, the FCC does not regulate Internet content or applications. To the contrary, the purpose of Open Internet rules is to clarify high-level, flexible rules of the road for broadband to ensure that no one—not the government nor the companies that provide broadband service—can restrict innovation on the Internet.

Howard at Ted


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