Googlezons Public Internet

Das verständlichste Stück zur Google/Verizon-NetNeutrality-Story habe ich übrigens gestern nacht auf io9 gelesen (und ich habe zuvor natürlich die Petition Pro Netzneutralität unterzeichnet). Annalee Newitz erklärt da recht bildhaft und angemessen reißerisch, was es mit Googlezons „Public Internet“ tatsächlich auf sich hat und ihre Version der Zukunft sieht nicht rosig aus. Aber (leider) nicht unrealistisch.

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The public internet is basically overrun with 4Chan-like social networks that run very slowly and are drenched in advertising and spyware. You can watch some TV on the public internet, if you're willing to wait through long "buffering" times and bad commercials. You can play casual games, especially if you want to fork over a few bucks. There's webmail, though sometimes all your saved messages disappear - for "guaranteed backups" you need to subscribe to the special mail service via Googlezon. Plus, the only way to get to the public internet is with an unwieldy laptop, which sucks.

Most people go online with their mobiles. Anybody who wants to get access to games, movies, news, or other services online has to buy separate "special service" packages to make sure they run fast. Premium services guarantee you can watch movies on your Droid, or do your mail and calendaring on your Nexus SE234. An informal market in special service minutes springs up anywhere that people are too poor to get a mobile that does more than make phone calls.

Ironically, the public internet is the least public place online: It's an antisocial space, a crumbling, unsupported legacy network, full of ads and graffiti. Googlezon has succeeded in creating a caste system in the online world, and the public is the lowest caste of all.

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