Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Google backing off net neutrality with ISP deal? Not really

John Timmer for ars technica writes: Thanks to an article released by The Wall Street Journal this morning, an otherwise peaceful Monday in the generally slow holiday time is now the scene of a flame-fest resulting in an exchange of heated comments far and wide. The Journal, having obtained some paperwork on a potential deal between Google and major ISPs, concluded that the search giant is backing off its net neutrality stance, and claims that many other major players are joining it. But the article that set everything off is frighteningly vague about what Google is actually doing, and many of its claims depend on how precisely net neutrality is defined. Article in full here.

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I am director of the Media and Persuasive Communication (MPC) network at Bangor University where I also lecture on political-economy of the media. I am currently working on a book provisionally titled Deconstructing Privacy for Peter Lang and leading two empirical projects in connection with privacy perception and the use of new media for smoking cessation. I am author of Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process (Routledge, 2013); The Mood of Information: A Critique of Behavioural Advertising (Continuum, 2011); and Digital Advertising (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009). Please contact me at mcstay@bangor.ac.uk if you are interested in Ph.D supervision or consultancy services.