Socialise the Series of Tubes: Toward a Democratic Internet

planted: 05/08/2022last tended: 05/08/2022

Socialize the internet. Really enjoyed this interview with Ben Tarnoff.

Gives a shoutout to cooperatively-owned social media such as certain Mastodon instances, doesn't mention by name but surely must be a reference to

At the end he outlines a rough idea of a kind of federated municipalist social media that I really like, chimes with my own thoughts.

Recently a major outage took nearly a third of Canada offline. No phone, no internet… even access to 911 got shut down in some places. So why does one company get so much control over a vital service… the internet?

This is the story in the USA as well as Canada, so at Darts and Letters we wanted to look for a different way. We also don’t necessarily believe the market is the solution… so what is? How do we make a more democratic, socially driven internet?

Gordon Katic interviews Ben Tarnoff, author of Internet for the People, to help us answer these questions - and most importantly, we ask whether the internet is indeed a series of tubes.

~00:09:40 Rogers outage.

~00:09:48 Profit motive and connectivity.

~00:12:47 What even is the internet?

~00:29:05 The privatisation of the internet.

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