Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Internet Manifesto

This document is a must read (see link at the end).

I want to add my own items to it:

1. Net Neutrality is not only protecting Internet content provider corporations' profits

We need to defend net neutrality in a way which goes beyond what is currently done: We need to establish fixed ip addresss for every private individual so that publishing rights don't have to be gatekeeped by large corporations such as Google and the like.

2. Copyright should not be sellable item.

The source of most of the confusion about whether copyright is a good thing or not in the information age, is the fact that most of the commercial exploration of copyrighted materials is not done by the original authors, but by large publishing houses which either coerce authors to give them the commercial right to their work in exchange for pennies, or exploit materials which should be in the public domain for as much as 70 years after the authors death.

3. Network Infrastructure ownership should not be a priviledge of large corporations.

The right to form open "ad hoc" wireless networks should be guaranteed globally, like we have with amateur radio for decades. This is the only way to assure the basic freedom of association and expression.

referente a: Internet-Manifesto (ver no Google Sidewiki)


cbr said...

Could you explain what you mean by "establish fixed ip addresses for every private individual"? There are several different things I think you could mean, ranging from very simple to technically impossible.

Flavio Coelho said...

One of the biggest deterrents of people having the ability to host their own content is the practice of dynamic ip address by ISPs.

Geek go around it and just set up dyndns or some other cheap fix.

Regular users must rent space in server if they are savvy enough or depend on free site such as Google sites and the like. Only that these services reserve the right of pulling down your content if it "doesn't conform to their terms of service".

There is the true problem of shortage of ip adresses, but that could be solved by ipv6 or some other successor.

cbr said...


You want some IP system where every ISP is required to hand out:
- always the same IP address to a customer
- world routable IP addresses only

You can't do this with IPv4 (we need NAT, which breaks point 2, to fit everyone into 2^32 addresses), you can do this with IPv6.

Even if this was implemented, users with laptops that moved around would not always get the same IP address.

But I think otherwise this is more or less what IPv6 is likely to mean. All the technical reasons why ISPs like to change what IP they've assigned pretty much go away with IPv6.