1995-12-02 - Cyberspace Inc & Robber Baron Age

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From: “James M. Cobb” <jcobb@ahcbsd1.ovnet.com>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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From: "James M. Cobb" <jcobb@ahcbsd1.ovnet.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 09:22:41 +0800
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Cyberspace Inc & Robber Baron Age
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11 29 95 Computer underground Digest carries the complete text 
of Rick Moore's article, 
        Cyberspace Inc and the Robber Baron Age, 
          an analysis of PFF's "Magna Carta" 
scheduled to appear in the print journal, The Information Soci- 
Here's a sample: 
 Instead of an infrastructure for public communications -- like 
 the current Internet, or the American highway system -- cyber- 
 space would be developed as a corporate owned monopoly -- 
 priced at whatever the traffic will bear. 
 Instead of providing a "space" in which citizens are free to 
 speak and associate (like Internet), cyberspace would become a 
 profit-machine and propaganda channel for media conglomerates. 
 PFF's manifesto is a formula for neo-feudalism in the "Know- 
 ledge Age" -- it is a charter for what could aptly be dubbed 
 "Cyberspace Inc".
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