Tuesday, February 21, 2006

F2C: Freedom to Connect

I'm having one of those internet moments where "behind the curve" comes
to mind for describing the experience: this is a "should have known, how did I miss it?" bit of waking-up for me. F2C: Freedom to Connect!
The need to communicate is primary, like the need to breathe, eat,
sleep, reproduce, socialize and learn. Better connections make for
better communication. Better connections drive economic growth through
better access to suppliers, customers and ideas. Better connections
provide for development and testing of ideas in science and the arts.
Better connections improve the quality of everyday life. Better
connections build stronger democracies. Strong democracies build strong
On April 3-4 in Washington D.C., leaders from all corners of knowing and expertise are coming together to "share experience, insight, and wisdom with policy makers, and to develop a better, more complete understanding of how technology and policy might evolve together in a virtuous cycle of economic growth and freedom." We are even now called to be the authors of our own future, and it makes so much more sense to compose ourselves for the forms of productivity that are inclusive, innovative, and celebratory of possibility in good will than to write a future of fear.

F2C works from two assumptions: First, if some connectivity is good, then more connectivity is better; and second, if a connection that does one thing is good, then a connection that can do many things is better.

"Net neutrality" - the open and available nature of the internet - is the issue at stake. F2C calls for a coming together to secure the user as a more powerful participant in the discussions that will define the future of citizenship online.

Of course I encourage as many to attend the April 3-4 conference as are able, and there's a great offer on the table here half-off the early bird registration that times out at the end of February. Register if you can, and if you are open to sponsoring an over-eager graduate student in her quest to "get in the conversation," you can post your gifts to ... yeah, whatever. Be sure that I'll be watching and reading from the sidelines now though.

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1 comment:

Winston said...

This could turn out to be interesting, even important, if the politicians and bureaucrats don't ruin it.