Before going into tech policy, I think its important to call out an incredible book The Master Switch by Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia. The book articulates in lurid detail the history of the information industries (media, communications and now Internet). Wu describes what is called ‘the Cycle’ wherein a new technology starts as a hacker movement, open to anyone, then a company comes and consolidates it, then monopoly or oligopoly takes hold, followed by stifling lobbying of public policy to maintain the  entrenched... read more