susan crawford

susan crawford


may 2014:

is net neutrality dead?

this industry made 1.4 trillion over the last 5 yrs.. they have no interest in seeing competition


via The future of Apple Pay (and its cousins), Bitcoin (and its cousins) and prospect for cashless societies

Susan Crawford, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and formerly a special assistant for technology policy for President Barack Obama, added, “There is nothing more imaginary than a monetary system. The idea that we solemnly hand around printed slips of paper in exchange for food and water shows just how trusting and fond of patterned behavior we human beings are. So why not take the next step? Of course we’ll move to even more abstract representations of value. Other countries are already content to use their phones; we’ll catch up eventually.”


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“Crawford shows us that the railroad barons of today run cable companies. These monopolies raise prices, stifle competition, and drag the U.S. further behind in global telecommunications revolution.”—Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations


at cfasummit 2014 – open data

Susan Crawford on her new book – the responsive city

telling the story of what you’ve been up to

the characters are us

digital agora – rio de janeiro


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Susan P. Crawford (born 1963) is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She has served as President Barack Obama’s Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and is a columnist for Bloomberg View. She is a former Board Member of ICANN, the founder of OneWebDay, and a legal scholar. Her research focuses on telecommunications and information law.

Internet activism

Crawford served as a member of the Board of Directors for ICANN from 2005-2008. In 2005 she founded OneWebDay – a global celebration of the Internet. She is known as a champion of net neutrality, and has written on many other current policy issues.

In 2012, Yale University Press published her book, “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.”

In April 2014, Crawford proposed that a possible solution to net neutrality concerns may be municipal broadband.


dark fiber

share by Ethan written by Susan:

3/7/16 6:17 AM
Susan Crawford (@scrawford) celebrates Huntsville/Google’s collaboration to light up dark fiber:…

You Didn’t Notice It, But Google Fiber Just Began the Golden Age of High Speed Internet Access

in Huntsville, it will lease “dark” fiber that will be built and owned by the electric utility in that city. (Dark fiber is passive, unlit by lasers, so not capable of carrying information until someone comes along and lights it.) The Google lease is nonexclusive — any other ISP can show up and provide services — and will allow Google to provide retail gigabit fiber Internet access services to any home or business that Huntsville decides to serve.


.. could be revolutionary here in smashing the current dogma that keeps Americans overcharged and under-served.

Why haven’t we adopted this dark-fiber model? Because high-speed Internet access policy here has to date been full of stories of large incumbent companies taking positions that make no sense. They do it because doing otherwise would violate a deeply-held belief that they think is core to their business survival.


on sweden having this but w/o grit/messiness of individual innovation..


I’ve made an extensive suggestion here about how to make financing fiber a national policy possibility.


Fiber is good for the next 40 to 50 years. It’s essential to manage the flood of data from self-driving cars, virtual reality, gaming, telemedicine, and emergency services that we’re going to generate. Its seemingly limitless transmission capacity can be put to work by youngsters imagining new businesses, families wanting to educate their children, and older people who want to live with dignity at home.

and/or .. imagine using it simply for global do-over.. where the flood of data is simply self talk. as the day. at east until we all get to play.. until we all get back to us.

let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

for (blank)’s sake

a nother way



I’m rereading @scrawford’s masterpiece, Fiber. If you are wanting a great read that provides incredible insight on the current state of affairs regarding America’s shortsighted relationship with the Internet, I strongly recommend checking this out.

#internet #digitalequity

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came out in 2018 – on hold at library – thanks library

“A timely and urgent look at how America is sacrificing its digital future, productivity, connectivity, social mobility, entrepreneurial growth, education, and every other public good, thanks to rapacious telcos, scumbag lobbyists, and negligent, cash-hungry politicians. . . . You should be reading this.”—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing