Long Distance

Long Distance - RadioLab

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In the mid-1950’s, a blind seven-year-old boy named Joe Engressia Jr. made a discovery that changed his own life and many others. While idly dialing information on the family telephone, he heard a high-pitched tone in the background and started whistling along with it. Slowly, he learned to recognize all kinds of tones, pulses, clicks and beeps that the phone system used to talk to itself. And when he got good at decoding those sounds, he became the grandaddy of a whole movement of like-minded obsessives known as “phone phreaks.” (RabioLab)

Next battle over Net ramps up worldwide

Next battle over Net ramps up worldwide - Politico

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“The countries pressing for the change counter that regulatory power over the Web is disproportionately concentrated in U.S.-based organizations. Given the global nature of the Web, that authority should be more broadly shared, they say.  There is a ‘sense that the U.S. has an inordinately primary position in how the Internet is administered,’ said Brian Cute, head of the Public Interest Registry, which manages .org sites. ‘That sentiment is driving many of the actors in this negotiation.’

If the pro-regulation countries realize their agenda, the ITU [International Telecommunication Union] is the international body that would assume more power over the Internet. The ITU is under the auspices of the United Nations.” (Eliza Krigman, Politico)