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Saturday, January 17, 2004


Dean on the Internet

posted by Brian Ulrich at Saturday, January 17, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Joe Gratz has a detailed explanation of why Howard Dean's principles for Internet policy make sense. He also points out that Dean has a veritable Dream Team of internet policy advisors. It's difficult to excerpt, as he discusses each of Dean's points individually, but the most important may be at the end:

"We must not assume that the way the Internet is used today is the way the Internet will be used in 10, or 15, or 100 years. Decisions we make today radically effect the future of the network."

One more reason why we should all work together to ensure these decisions are made by an administration that knows what it's doing.


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