MC433 - week 8

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These are my notes from November 16 for MC433 at the London School of Economics for the 2017-2018 school year. I took this module as part of the one-year Inequalities and Social Science MSc program.

The usual disclaimer: all notes are my personal impressions and do not necessarily reflect the view of the lecturer.

Internet Infrastructure and Presence


Redistribution or Recognition? by Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth (chapter 1)

Only the first Fraser section was assigned, but the book seemed interesting so I just read the whole thing. I thought Fraser’s sections were stronger overall (Honneth’s sections kind of meandered in a way that made my eyes glaze over) but the book as a whole just felt a lot longer than it had to be. My notes are all on Bookmarker.

Main takeaways from this first chapter:

Barbara Van Schewick on network neutrality (YouTube video)

Takeaway: ISPs should be regulated as common carriers! Nationalise em all (my words, not hers)

Prohibition of discriminatory tariffs for data services (PDF)

Released by the telecom regulatory authority of India in 2016. Relates to the whole Facebook Free Basics debacle.