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I’ve been exploring the potential of Google+, the new social media platform from Google. So far the platform appears to have a lot of potential as a platform for team collaboration and communication. It feels more professional (like Twitter or LinkedIn) than social (like Facebook).

Please feel free to add me to one of your circles there. Here’s my Google+ profile.

If you don’t have an invite yet leave a comment and I will send one to you (while Google lets me).

We Still Need a Common Definition for ‘Net Neutrality’

Along the lines of my post last night about the WSJ’s claim that Google is abandoning the concept of network neutrality, Larry Lessig posted this to his blog, calling the situation a made-up drama.  Specifically Lessig is responding to suggestions that his stance on network neutrality has changed.  Rather it seems that WSJ is simply discovering nuance that was there all along.

The WSJ article has been a hot topic in the blogosphere today (I’ve been sharing some news using Google Reader as I’ve come across it).  This illustrates for me the fact that there is still a need for a firm definition of network neutrality.  It’s still too easy for journalists, think tanks, pundits and hacks to try to claim that something does or does not “violate” the principal of network neutrality.

Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web – WSJ.com

A colleague of mine was kind enough to call to my attention this article from the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) that briefly describes a proposal by Google called OpenEdge.  Some comments in the article suggest that Google’s proposal is a violation of the very concepts of network neutrality for which Google’s policy representatives in Washington and elsewhere have been the most vocal advocates.  It looks to me more like traditional content delivery models taken directly to the carrier network.  I’ve tried to make the case before that traditional models for content delivery acceleration such as services provided by Akamai and similar companies are not a real violation of the concept of network neutrality (or at least perhaps my own narrow and admittedly vague and evolving definition of the concept).

Googles proposed arrangement with network providers, internally called OpenEdge, would place Google servers directly within the network of the service providers, according to documents reviewed by the Journal. The setup would accelerate Googles service for users. Google has asked the providers it has approached not to talk about the idea, according to people familiar with the plans.

via Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web – WSJ.com.

The Joy of RSS

Have I ever mentioned what a useful tool I think RSS can be? I think I might have mentioned that a time or two. RSS makes it possible to broaden our information networks and manage a tremendous flow of information. When I talk about RSS to competitive intelligence audiences I call it “drinking from the firehose.”

As I’ve been working to rebuild this blog I’ve begun exploring ways that I can improve my own use of RSS to share information, and indirectly exploring the potential of RSS to allow teams to collaborate. I’m trying to figure out how to best incorporate RSS feeds of the news items that I find each day into this blog, and I’m impatient for my Movable Type and CSS knowledge to improve. I don’t get the chance to sit down and write blog entries as often as I would like, but I am constantly sharing items in Google Reader (my RSS aggregator of choice after years using the NetNewsWire client on my Mac– a program I still think is terrific, actually). I’d like to figure this out so that short of writing a full blog entry I would like to be able to say “Hey, take a look at this!” several times a day.

So let me take a stab at this: here is an embedded feed of my latest shared items from Google Reader. Let’s see if this works with the page layout (one of the challenges that I’m having.

State Department uses Google

In today’s Washington Post there is an article about the State Department using Google to identify Iranians to sanction for their role in developing the country’s nuclear capability. This article is an example of the poor application of Internet searching, and the potential application of the results of said poor searching is a cause for concern. If you’re going to use the Internet as part of your sourcing strategy it is worth your time to learn how to do it right.

Frustrated, the State Department assigned a junior Foreign Service officer to find the names another way — by using Google. Those with the most hits under search terms such as “Iran and nuclear,” three officials said, became targets for international rebuke Friday when a sanctions resolution circulated at the United Nations.

An initial Internet search yielded over 100 names, including dozens of Iranian diplomats who have publicly defended their country’s efforts as intended to produce energy, not bombs, the sources said. The list also included names of Iranians who have spoken with U.N. inspectors or have traveled to Vienna to attend International Atomic Energy Agency meetings about Iran.

The potential for open source secondary research for government intelligence and security research is significant. That potential is only going to realized if you apply appropriate techniques in your searching and then conduct the appropriate analysis to place your results within the context of the situation or subject.

Technorati Tag: Competitive Intelligence

Google Threatens Anti-Trust If The Net’s Not Neutral

Vint Cerf, Father of the Internet and a vice president with Google, mentioned this week that the company might file antitrust complaints against telco and cablecos that block the Internet traffic of competing services. A piece on Yahoo! has more detail.

“If we are not successful in our arguments … then we will simply have to wait until something bad happens and then we will make known our case to the Department of Justices anti-trust division,” {Cerf] said on Tuesday.

I think a claim of anti-trust violation only really works against broadband providers if the DOJ and courts can accept a claim that a monopoly of Layers 1 and 2 (and perhaps Layer 3) of the OSI layer are being unfairly leveraged to establish control over the other layers of the OSI stack. Im not sure how well such an argument will resonate. I think this is a difficult argument to make to the legal types, as the legal types who dominate our legislative branch of government clearly have not understood net neutrality. The lobbyists representing the incumbent broadband providers have done a very good job confusing this issue.

Speaking of confusion, listen to this attempt by Senator Ted Stevens (R, AK) to explain how the Internet works and net neutrality. Its really, really painful.

Tags: Net Neutrality

NPR References April Fool’s Joke About Google

As I listened to the NPR Technology podcast today I heard commentator Mario Armstrong mention a revolutionary development I had not heard before in a piece about closing the digital divide. He mentioned a Google plan to blanket the world with “Glo-Fi,” ubiquitous global wireless broadband Internet connectivity. My ears perked up and I let out a big “No f’ing way!” How could I not have heard of this before, and how could anybody give this plan technical credibility?

A quick search on Google revealed this April Fool’s Day entry from “Lowenstein’s Lens on Wireless.” Very cearly an April Fool’s Joke. So, I am not as out of the tech loop as I might have worried there for a moment.

Whenever the winds whistles, I’ll always remeber “Lowenstein. “