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We Need to Talk About 'Cloud Neutrality'

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The Internet is no longer the essential enabler of the tech economy. That title now belongs to the cloud. But the infrastructure of the Internet, at least, was publicly financed and subsidized.

That's not the case with the cloud. This infrastructure is solely owned by a handful of companies with hardly any oversight. The potential for abuse is huge, whether it's through trade-secret snooping or the outright blocking, slowing, or hampering of transmission. No one seems to be thinking about what could happen if these behemoths decide it's against their interests to have all these barnacles on their flanks. They should be.

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