Radical, International and Historical
Feb
11

Cause for celebration on the 20th anniversary of the Telecom Act?

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Telecommunications Act of 1996.  Celebrations have been sighted in and around Washington, D.C.[1] Helpful clarification of the substance of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was provided by Patricia Aufderheide in 1999.[2]  Ostensibly passed to…

Feb
3

U.S. Dominance Over International Communications: A Status Report

Two stories jump out this week. One concerns the Internet’s coordinating mechanism, the other the pact that enables European data to be sent to the United States.  Seemingly discrete, at a deeper level they are organically connected. The underlying issue is whether challenges…

Jan
22

Free Markets In Action

Even when it isn’t election season in the United States, there’s a lot of noise made about “the free market” and “entrepreneurialism.”  Government, goes the refrain, simply needs to stand back to let the alchemy of capitalism proceed.  Already, the new year has…

Jan
4

Low-Wage Workers & the Internet Industry

What are the overall impacts of tech companies on occupational structures, employment patterns, and labor practices? This question is large, complicated, and vital.[1] To engage it, a meaningful starting-point pertains to low-wage workers. As well-compensated engineers and entrepreneurs have been raised up as…

Dec
19

CANTV Venezuela: What’s at Stake?

Available in Spanish. Kindly translated by Daniel Urbina Since the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998, his passing of a package of 49 laws meant to implement a process of fundamental social and political transition[1] and, especially, since a failed coup attempt in…

Dec
14

Geopolitics and Economic Power in Today’s Digital Capitalism

Presentation to the Hans Crescent Seminar, London[i] 13 December 2015 Dan Schiller During the second half of the 20th century, U.S. power was notably deployed in order to generalize capitalist imperatives in and around world communications. The technological revolution that was underway –…