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Squawk Box May 13

It’s been a busy day for me, as I got up early in Toronto to rehearse a speech I’ve been writing for the University of Toronto MET Executive Development Program. Composed mostly of Canadian wireless carriers, this was an audience that I had been hoping to address for some time, and a market which, if you’ve been a reader of this blog, you know I have strong opinions about. The speech went well, and I’ll have more to say about tomorrow.

Our Squawk Box discussion was serendipitously on the topic of deep packet inspection, as CIPPIC launched a case this morning against Bell Canada alleging a violation of privacy through the use of deep packet inspection. What followed was one of the most cogent arguments for privacy and net neutrality I’ve heard in a long time. Pay particular attention to the points made by Dave Brown and Frank Abrams. Frank Abrams, in particular, says “just meter the pipes and sell me the bandwidth I use, but don’t inspect my data.”

We also spent some time digging through the Google Friend Connect announcement, but because so few people had spent enough time with it we’ll have to save this for another day.

On the call: James Body, Jeanette Fisher, Jim Courtney, Dave Brown, Jonathan Jensen, Brad Jones, Julien Raynal, Adam Somer, Ian Hood, Ken Camp, Sheryl Breuker, Frank Abrams, Paul Newcombe and Barry Sullivan.


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