LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #134

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Here is another net neutrality link I am certain will be interesting, and yes, I wrote this:

"ALA Pushes Net Neutrality on Wikipedia; Political and Pecuniary Interests Promoted Anonymously by ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom May Violate Ethical and Tax Codes"

LISNews, please read that as it may contain information worthy of a separate post on LISNews. But it has no songs to play like your podcast did. Sorry.

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In the midst of Christmastime things, we had a 194 page order dumped. I've skimmed it and looked for the high points of it. About a third of the order can be disregarded by Joe Six-pack as it merely is an exciting bit of tortured logic whereby the Commission tries to justify the current action in light of current statutory authorities. The submission by the ALA is mostly cited as a factual basis for assertions over the potential effects of the Commission not acting.

Frankly, the order is pretty much a nullity. There's likely to be action under the Congressional Review Act to wipe 'em out or the appropriations folks will just choke off funding to prevent implementation. The rules themselves are ridiculously vague compared to those found elsewhere in Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

As to perception management efforts by the ALA...I'm not really surprised. Did it really do any good, though? Wikipedia is probably not a primary source for the folks in Congress who can nuke these regulations if they feel like it let alone folks in the courts. This matter is outside the reach, for now, of the average rank-and-file voter who might consult Wikipedia first.
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This just in:

"Tech at Night:  Net Neutrality Reactions Continue, ALA, Copyright, Trademark, the New Madden Curse," by Neil Stevens, RedState, 28 December 2010.

Excerpt:

It turns out the fraud behind the Net Neutrality movement runs ever deeper than we knew: The ALA has been astroturfing for Free Press and its front group Save the Internet, over on Wikipedia.  Can we please just make Wikipedia run ads already, forcing the site to bend to the will of market forces instead of its army of astroturfers and shills?

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