I rarely do straight-up links posts. But, it's an unbusy moment in an exceedingly busy time, so here is a snapshot of what's interesting (to me):
- Kevin Martin's free wireless, porn-free "broadband" plan took another turn in a long, winding road today, when he told Ars Technica today that he's dropping the porn-free element in a last ditch effort to find success before he's replaced.
- Speaking of tech policy regulatory epics, I think we first started writing about Australia's net filtering efforts almost exactly a year ago. There has been "another government bungle" in a series of many that will cause a slight delay in the scheme.
- A UK minister said this (among other things) over the weekend: There is "the need for “child safe” websites – registered with cinema-style age warnings – to curb access to offensive or damaging online material.”
- Chris Soghogian of Surveillance State lists his tech policy predictions for 2009. They are worth a read, but if you want the summary in two words: defensive pessimism. We'll see if a lack of faith in political leaders and big companies pays off for Chris in a years time. (smile)
- Tech bloggers really do spend a holiday weekend arguing over what constitutes the authority of a "Tweet" (or a Twitter post). They really do.
- Carrie Brownstein (ex-Sleater Kinney guitarist) has a quite delightful blog via NPR.
- The Internet-enabled TV.
- The best gadgets of the year from Gizmodo.