Tim Wu

  • The Father Of Net Neutrality Is Crowdfunding His Political Campaign

    The Father Of Net Neutrality Is Crowdfunding His Political Campaign

    Tim Wu, an academic known for his work on net neutrality, is campaigning to become the Democratic nominee for the lieutenant governor of New York. He’s an unlikely politician. Cerebral, soft spoken, and willing to speak freely, conversation with Wu is a far cry from the stilted, shrill dialogue that makes up most of our modern political discourse. Read More

  • The Art Of "Kicking The Can"—Uncertainty Rules When It Comes To Net Neutrality

    The Art Of "Kicking The Can"—Uncertainty Rules When It Comes To Net Neutrality

    The new Net Neutrality rules put off most of the hard questions—but who does that help and hurt? When government faces a tough decision, it has three options: “Aye,” “Nay,” or “Kay”—“Kick the Can.” Postponement is attractive, and the Obama administration’s 2010 Net Neutrality rule has transformed can-kicking, the traditional… Read More

  • Wu vs. Lacy Round Three: Is the Enemy of an Open Web Apple or Is it Apps and Flips?

    Last week, Tim Wu challenged me to another, longer debate about the future of the Web. His new book, The Master Switch, argues that every time there is a major communications innovation, a handful of big companies find a way to close it off, keeping the future spoils for themselves. That hurts incremental innovation and ultimately hurts consumer choice in the name of convenience and low-prices. Read More

  • It's the Community, Stupid!

    Last week’s guest on Press:Here was Tim Wu, author of the new book Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. Wu also wrote this guest post for us about why we should all fear Steve Jobs. In general Wu — who gets credit for coming up with the term “Net Neutrality” — has a really important mission whether you agree with him or not: Raising alarm… Read More