It talks at length about Bell, but also other monopolists in our field.
Reduce the 'techlash' to another front in the forever culture war without considering how your hacker birthright is under attack.
Associate yourselves with megacorps and money, nice cars and 401(k)s.
Ally with those who hate privacy. 
Ally with those who practice psychological manipulation on a global scale. 
* Stallman warned us. 
* Wu warned us. 
* Doctorow warned us. 
* Schneier warned us and tried to explain it to everyone. 
> Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind.
> On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. 
 Anything the man has written in the last 35 years
 https://www.lawfareblog.com/security-or-surveillance (He has another better article about the start of the new crypto wars but I can't find it)
Americans self-censor tits and genitals, Europeans self-censor violence. Censorship is everywhere.
I think this whole discussion is extremely naive.
It argues that every information networks in the history-
telegraph, telephone, radio, cable - follow the pattern of consolidation and disintegration. The new inventions always had the chance to disrupt the old industry, but our modern network - the Internet - might be an exception. Because the Internet is the master switch of all things digitized.
High Output Management
The Master Switch
Thinking Fast and Slow
Good book on the topic that HN readers will appreciate is "The Master Switch": https://www.amazon.ca/Master-Switch-Rise-Information-Empires...
The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner  however asserts that the AT&T monopoly allowed Bell Labs to essentially invent the entire information age, but that without the official monopoly, we no longer see the huge investments in basic research, and commensurate major break throughs.
Damn if you do. Damned if you don't.
Tim Wu wrote the The Master Switch , which explains how US media/telecom wound up the way it is today -- how the dominant players came about in various industries (radio, broadcast and cable TV, movies, telephones), and the events that led to the legislative/regulatory environment we have today. The book also explains how IP laws (patents, copyright, etc) have shaped history.
The Master Switch should be required reading before discussing such topics on Hacker News.
The book analyses monopolies in information businesses, since Western Union, going through Bell and proceding all along to the era of Google and Apple. The end of the book is filled with very good insight on the subject. If this is a topic that interests you as much as it interests me, you should get yourself a copy of this.
Books illuminate how power works
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_People's_History_of_the_Unite... (I haven't read it yet, I've heard good and bad things about the book)
- http://daviddfriedman.com/The_Machinery_of_Freedom_.pdf (I've only skimmed a few sections, but I suspect this is good to understand anarcho-capitalism)
To combat low level surveillance, we need open hardware.
Our own mesh network for community penetration. Mesh networks sort of died off a decade ago, but there is a resurgence.
Bitcoin is still growing, and more people are understanding the mechanism behind it. Many altcoins are just Bitcoin ripoffs, but we'll see interesting developments going forward.
- There are many technologies and protocols being built for distributed exchanges, etc. Discussions under bitcointalk.org etc.
Those have just been on my mind recently. Reddit is actually a good source of reading material once you have an account, unfollow stupid subreddits and follow the right ones like politics, worldnews, restorethefourth, libertarian, anarcho_* etc.
Amazon Book Description:
It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industry–from the telephone to radio to film–once existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today. Each of these, however, grew to be dominated by a monopolist or cartel. In this pathbreaking book, Tim Wu asks: will the Internet follow the same fate? Could the Web–the entire flow of American information–come to be ruled by a corporate leviathan in possession of "the master switch"?
Analyzing the strategic maneuvers of today’s great information powers–Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T–Wu uncovers a time-honored pattern in which invention begets industry and industry begets empire. He shows how a battle royale for Internet’s future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out.
after seeing that video, i much prefer commercials to that style of sponsored programming. when a commercial comes on, you can get up and do something else, change the channel, or mute it. with sponsored programs, everything is so integrated that it makes it hard to ignore.
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