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Garland McCoy (not verified) January 21, 2012

Vlada has raised some important points for discussion. One can always get swallowed up in any of these issues if you drill down to far. First, remember, there is nothing new under the sun. Network Neutrality was cable unbundeling and local loop unbunding and common carriage, etc. Privacy concerns have always been with us. And although Valda did not touch on the piracy issue it too is an old one with the recording studios and movie studios fighting each new technology...the radio, DVDs, etc. only to eventually find ways to profit by the new technology they had previously fought hard to kill. I would offer the following after almost three decades in the tech and communications trenches. I find myself far more supportive of the private sector players than the regulators and govenment officals when the market provides choice. In the dynamic markets of IP deliver systems both fiber and wireless I believe there is ample choice in all but the most rural areas. It is also important to remember that in the end, the most egregious thing the private sector is interested in doing with your personal information is sell you something. This is not the case when govenments get your private information as many "dissidents" in prison will attest.

Jovan Kurbalija January 22, 2012

Garland, in privacy protection, the main challenge is how to ensure that businesses do not share personal data with governments without any regulatory supervision as this drawing illustrates European regulation and experience is by far the most advanced in this field. Although, on the first glance, European approach looks "person-centered", it is ultimately in the interest of the business sector as well. Social responsibility will become increasingly important for the Internet business. SOPA-strike was a clear hint of emerging trends.

Vladimir Radunovic January 25, 2012

Truth is there is nothing really new under the sun when it comes to technology policy challenges. What is new, however, is magnitude of consequences of wrong policy decisions or customers' choices - can be much more devastating (for society and/or users themselves) in the Internet era than what was in telephone era for instance. Smart (and informed) decision-making of regulators over policies and smart (and informed) choices of end-user are both becoming more and more relevant - but also more and more complex. With pace of development of new services and options/choices, it is not likely the users will get more aware and bring more informed choices; on contrary. To bridge this concern, I believe it is important to raise institutional capacities of governments and regulators to bring informed policies - policies that would not harm open market and innovations but would at the same time would help reducing complexity of users' choice (and chances for their dissatisfaction on the grounds of wrong and uninformed choices). Suggesting "dont's" of business offers through some light regulations and guidelines (reached by regulators, business and user communities cooperatively) would also help business to reach greater satisfaction of their users.

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