Conference paper

Internet aggregators: the impact of the classifiers on open communication

15 Dec 2010

The Net Neutrality debate in the United States has ramifications for all countries interested in how the Internet is structured as an 'open space'. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) developed in 2005 general principles governing access to the Internet, given the potential of ISP and broadband carriers to potentially restrict or control traffic for competitive or other purposes. Carriers took the FCC to court on the basis that it had no jurisdiction over them, but this has only heated up the debate rather than calmed it. In this paper, the author looks at issues surrounding the knowledge aggregators on the Internet. Google has recently bought a virtual currency platform in order to increase its knowledge harvesting capacity and to make money from social gaming. Not surprisingly, the aggregators like to control their own spaces and what counts as 'open communicative spaces' is shaping up as technically and socially and politically complex.

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