Five Hundred Years, Five Centuries discussed on Outliers



And advocacy organization for example internet freedom foundation again you have to take a party line you have to say network neutrality at all costs they can be no compromise at the research organization you have a privilege which book these other types of organizations don't have and that religious you can have diversity views you can have pluralism pluralism is one of our founding principles so very often people come up to me and they say so what is the is his position on metropolitan what is the isis position on regulation for some policy question like that and the answer to that question is always the same size is like the common sutra we don't have to wear a collection of manipulations so that is the future research organizations that you can have diversity vices now the unfortunate consequence of that is because i have an agent a spy perhaps from microsoft or from corcoran and the cocom spy could enter our organization and then produce research which results in the maximization of shareholder value now that's not even by itself because that is how the private sector works but maximum vision of or called the value to very tight patriots regime very maximalist fit into jim that's not good for the stakeholders that cis the presents similarly somebody for microsoft could come into our position and published reports that say they're all government system should work on microsoft's proprietary software that could be acceptable if we accept any form of diversity but again that does not work for the center for internet and society so we have a constraint on the diversity so you can say whatever you want about any policy topic as long as you perform academically rigorous research but either your conclusion or question has to promote human rights and which covers a full species on this planet if you're unable to protect human rights than a subset of those humans are citizens within national boundary citizen's rights so you have to defend the rights of citizens and a subset of those citizens may have money and they may use the money to buy products and services and therefore they are consumers and they might have consumer lives so therefore your research somehow has to defend consumer labs but unfortunately as you pointed out earlier you can be simplistic about your analysis or your prescriptions because a simplistic analysis of copyright law for instance today might lead somebody to control the to protect human rights to protect the rights of citizens and consumers we should dismantle the copyright regime completely it's only after all five hundred years old so he just dismantle it and all humans will have access to the sum of all human knowledge but what we're really doing is without having a historical perspective rolling back of four or five centuries of incentive mechanisms that exists for clear to people like artists and authors and performers and so on and we have no alternative incentive mechanisms in place then we in the long term be undermined public interest so if you undermine the public interest you simultaneously undermine human rights citizen's rights and consumer rights so therefore in many cases we are looking at what engineers call an optimization problem that are competing imperatives and protect some of those imperatives more naturally but at the same time making sure that the telecom industry for instance has such profit so that competition remains in that industry may also be a goal that you have to achieve apart from now will be protecting the rights of humans consumers and citizens.

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