We can’t let the Internet of Things become the Tyranny of Things


If you’re one to track the Q rating of tech trends, then you know the cloud is so last minute and big data is good for little more than wrapping fish at Whole Foods. For 2013, it’s all about the Internet of Things.

Cisco, a company that stands to make a lot of money by bringing the network to the disconnected objects in our lives, has released a study exploring what the networking giant is re-branding the “Internet of Everything.” On the one hand, its content is comfortably predictable – essentially a wide-eyed promise that the market is going to be really, really big. More interesting though is the accompanying blog entry by CEO John Chambers, who doesn’t just summarize his company’s findings, but actually offers an important shoutout to the Internet of Everything Economy.

My belief is that the Internet of Things (IoT) will succeed or fail…

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Another Internet Architectural Guideline

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Another reason for the huge success of Internet and its applications is the following Architectural Guideline:

Avoid vertical integration of network functions as much as possible, since that would introduce dependencies (which suppliers might like to keep out competitors) and obstacles to further growth and changes”. Stay free to choose better components later and interchange parts of the structure without too much influence on the rest. During actual use the vertical components on different layers are connected.

When you drive a car the rubber of your tires meets the road. The road allows many different types of cars now and in the future. Only with a horizontally layered architecture, where the layers (grouped into levels) are agnostic of each other, is is possible to cope with sustained renewal of components with different timescales and lifecycles of innovations and improvements. For example making more lanes on the road has a…

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The Internet has its 30th Birthday, Hip Hip

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The MOTOR of our Society = INTERCONNECTION, and one of its main components and facilitators for that, is the worldwide “Internet”, which is getting more important every day.

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Its birth is fixed by several sources around 1983 *), although its fathers and mothers are many, (like every success has). Those who established its preconditions can be traced back to the late 60’s: Paul Baran, Louis Pouzin, Donald W. Davies and Derek L.A. Barber, Leonard Kleinrock. They where designing and building the first computer-networks. Now 30 years later the “Network of Networks” has about 2.5 billion very active users. The following chart shows how many percent of the total of users each country has, against time.


The Internet has been and will be a spectacular success, and its growth is still viral ((exponential growth in numbers of nodes, addresses, traffic and teledensities of users; the sustained doubling time W [internet]…

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Internet and the Libraries: Both are here to stay!

I think it’s true: books and libraries will remain.

Blandin on Broadband

libraryWhile I was doing training in Windom last week, one of the students asked if I thought there was a role for libraries as we know them in the future – after all won’t everything be going online. So it was fun later in the week to run into the recent survey from Pew Internet & American Life that demonstrates that libraries are still vital…

Fully 91% of Americans ages 16 and older say public libraries are important to their communities; and 76% say libraries are important to them and their families. And libraries are touchpoints in their communities for the vast majority of Americans: 84% of Americans ages 16 and older have been to a library or bookmobile at some point in their lives and 77% say they remember someone else in their family using public libraries as they were growing up.

Here are the top activities people say they…

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Get inspired by the B4RN Story

So it can be done. Now it’s time to start this kind of initiatives all over the world!

Blandin on Broadband

I have written about B4RN before– they are the farmers in Lancashire England who have built their own fiber network. BBC News reports…

After deciding that they were never likely to get a fast broadband connection from one of the major suppliers, a group of local people across this sparsely populated area decided that sitting around moaning about it was not an option. Instead they began a DIY effort, digging channels across the fields and laying fibre optic cables.

It’s an inspirational stone soup sort of story…

They have exploited all sorts of local expertise – from the Lancaster University professor who is an expert in computer networks to the farmer’s wife who has just retired from a career in IT support. The cooperation of local landowners has been vital – free access to fields has made it much cheaper to roll out the network. BT and other companies which…

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Global Unionism: The Peer-to-Peer Model | New Unionism Network


Social Network Unionism


draft3The transnationalisation of production, along with the rise of global supply chains, informalisation, financialisation, and connecting of world markets through informationalisation have all hit hard on workers. It seems to have become impossible to overcome the resulting divisions among working classes, who have been so radically abused by capital. These new structural forces have created an immense need for connected self-organisations of workers, built from the bottom up, and operating simultaneously at local, national and international levels. This article argues for a new global unionism that goes beyond the IWW experience and allows workers to connect local, national, regional and international struggles by aligning with other struggles in life.

distributed_networkPeter Waterman calls this model “Social Movement Unionism”[1]. In order to develop enough strength to turn the tide globally, we need to redistribute power to the nodes involved in collective subjectivity and action. This cannot happen without dismantling the giant hierarchies…

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