I spent last weekend at the National Conference for Media Reform, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, where about 3,500 media activists, educators and entrepreneurs discussed policy, journalism, trends, and outlooks. Among them were several heroes of the reform movement — Bill Moyers, Amy Goodman, Arianna Huffington, Bob McChesney, more. They all appear in my two-part video report — my personal highlight is Dan Rather’s answer to my question at a press conference he gave Saturday.
What, you might ask, is the relevance to this blog? Your ability to access this (or any) blog depends, in large part, on the gatekeepers of the Internet. “Net neutrality” is the oh-so-sexy term for the guiding principle that preserves a free and open Internet. Here’s a little more detail from savetheinternet.org:
Put simply, Net Neutrality means no discrimination. Net Neutrality prevents Internet providers from speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination. Net Neutrality is the reason why the Internet has driven economic innovation, democratic participation, and free speech online. It protects the consumer’s right to use any equipment, content, application or service on a non-discriminatory basis without interference from the network provider. With Net Neutrality, the network’s only job is to move data — not choose which data to privilege with higher quality service.
The cause also dovetails into the Walker’s involvement with The UnConvention, a “non-partisan collective of citizens who have come together to create a forum in which to promote the democratic and free exchange of ideas on important issues.”