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Euro Economist speech on communications and public safety
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 22:29:48 -0500

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From: Kenneth Cukier <kennethcukier () economist com>
Date: November 6, 2006 7:33:18 PM EST
To: Dave Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: speech on communications and public safety


Hope all goes well.

I recently gave a speech to European regulators entitled "The Internet, Regulation, the Private Sector and Public Safety" that may be of interest to people on the IP list.

In short, it calls upon regulators to ensure that communication networks are accessible to the public in times of emergencies (rather than repeat what happened during the London bombings in 2005, when a mobile operator actually shut its network to the public under orders from the police, which hampered the rescue efforts).

Considering how important BlackBerries and mobiles were on 9/11, and the fact that the authorities have sillily deactivated mobile networks in some tunnels into New York for fear of terrorism, it is clearly a pressing issue that deserves a broad public debate. In the speech, I explain what is distinctive about the Internet, the challenge before telecoms regulators, how the market and private sector can further public-policy objectives, and what lessons this suggest for communications and public safety. It's at:

HTML version: http://www.cukier.com/writings/cept-remarks-Oct06.html
PDF version: http://www.cukier.com/writings/cukier-cept-Oct06.pdf

Thanks and best,


Kenneth Neil Cukier
The Economist
25 St. James's Street
London  SW1A 1HG
United Kingdom
Direct line: +44 207 576 1074
Email: KennethCukier () economist com

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