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Striking the spark for a net revolt (w/audio)

'The future of the Internet and our entire digital media environment is at risk'
 
 
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This post originally appeared on MediaCitizen.

Here are my notes from the network neutrality call I hosted on Friday with Stanford University's Lawrence Lessig, Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy and my colleague at Free Press, Ben Scott. The audio file is now available here.

I'll be writing and posting a 1,000 word op-ed on this in the next couple of days. For a sampling of some of the best podcasts, blogging and other reporting coming out of the event, check out:

  1. MediaGeek's outstanding analysis of network neutrality and what's at stake in Washington.
  2. At the National Journal, Beltway Blogroll's overview of the blogosphere's response.
  3. Sandhill Trek's call to arms to stop ISP providers from taking Americans "even further into a second class swamp of deteriorating end-to-end service."
  4. Bob Morris boils net neutrality down to " three flash-point issues."

As major communications companies plan to control and profit from our broadband future, bloggers, independent media makers and their audiences need to remain vigilant and encourage a real debate about protecting the free flow of information and ideas.

Free Press has started to convene monthly blogger calls at the intersection of media and policy. With this series, we hope we can spark a serious debate about what the future of the Internet -- and all digital media -- will be.

Here are some memorable quotes from the first call...

Timothy Karr is the author of MediaCitizen, a weblog about the future of America's media. He is the campaign director of Free Press.