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Is Netflix, Responsible For 30% of Peak Web Traffic, Being Held Hostage? Or are We?

Is Netflix, Responsible For 30% of Peak Web Traffic, Being Held Hostage? Or are We? | BI Revolution |
What a difference a month makes. On February 23, Netflix and Comcast announced a deal under which the video streaming service and the cable company would "team up to provide customers (an) excellent user experience." Netflix said it worked "collaboratively" with Comcast and that the deal was "mutually beneficial." So [...]

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This post is about a letter Netflix sent to the FCC looking for redress from their high infrastructure carrying costs. Streaming movies, something that is clearly the future of everything, isn't cheap.

Netflix requires an army's worth of bandwidth or their users see "buffering" instead of content. That Netflix's CEO's letter undercuts their recent Comcast deal seems like "inside baseball" politics.

That Comcast made $65B last year feels like we should be writing letters to the FCC. If 2008 was the Wall Street / banker financial crisis the next one of those isn't going to be about CASH.

No the next "financial" crisis will be about a cash proxy - access to bandwidth and the web. Are we creating another "too big to fail" situation with infrastructure companies like Comcast?

When everything is online from our money to our fridge aren't we the potential hostage? Occupy Wall Street feels moot and over. Occupy Time Warner and Comcast feels overdue.

Some call this new financial proxy battle Net Neutrality. Call it whatever you want, access is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We can't let the few (infrastructure providers) reverse Moore's Law (cost of integrated circuits go down even as power increases) for the sake of bandwidth.

Netflix's CEO may be speaking for us all when he complains of being held hostage. Lets hope we keep a careful eye on our captors.

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Curators Create Metadata For An Emerging Collective Intelligence [+Robin Good Note]

Curators Create Metadata For An Emerging Collective Intelligence [+Robin Good Note] | BI Revolution |

Robin Good: Participatory culture writer and book author Henry Jenkins interviews cyberculture pioneer Howard Rheingold (Net Smart, 2012) by asking him to explain some of the concepts that have helped him become a paladin of the  and "new literacies" so essential for survival in the always-on information-world we live in today.

This is part three of a long and in-depth interview (Part 2, Part 1) covering key concepts and ideas as the value of "community" and "networks", the architecture of participation, affinity working spaces, and curation.

Here is a short excerpt of Howard response to a question about curation and its value as both a “fundamental building block” of networked communities and as an important form of participation:

Howard Rheingold: " the fundamental level, curation depends on individuals making mindful and informed decisions in a publicly detectable way.

Certainly just clicking on a link, “liking” or “plussing” an item online, adding a tag to a photograph is a lightweight element that can be aggregated in valuable ways (ask Facebook).

But the kind of curation that is already mining the mountains of Internet ore for useful and trustworthy nuggets of knowledge, and the kind that will come in the future, has a strong literacy element.

Curators don’t just add good-looking resources to lists, or add their vote through a link or like, they summarize and contextualize in their own words, explicitly explain why the resource is worthy of attention, choose relevant excerpts, tag thoughtfully, group resources and clearly describe the grouping criteria."

In other words, "curators" are the ones creating the metadata needed to empower our emerging collective intelligence.

Curation Is The Social Choice About What Is Worth Paying Attention To.

Good stuff. In-depth. Insightful. 8/10

Full interview:

Via Robin Good
Shaz J's comment, September 3, 2012 3:20 AM
You're welcome :)

It's interesting interesting that you mention POV and stance, as that is not something I had explicitly articulated for myself, but naturally it must be implicitly true. In that sense, it reminds me (again) that curation forces self-reflection in order to present the content better, and that can only be a good thing.
Liz Renshaw's comment, September 8, 2012 9:57 PM
Agree with posts about curation guiding self reflection. This interview in particular is top value and two of my fav people indeed.
Andrew McRobert's curator insight, August 19, 2014 8:43 AM

8. This links a series of three interviews quite lengthy but there is some insightful information for the novice in the digital information age. There is video links within the article, including a great question and answer with Robin Good on curation. The video brings a balance to this inclusion.

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