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Guest: Berin Szoka. Topics: Internet freedom and regulation with parallels to commercial space development. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. We welcomed back Berin Szoka to discuss the state of internet freedom, related issues, and the parallels with commercial space development. We started our first long segment talking about the new book published by TechFreedom (http://techfreedom.org) , a new technology policy think tank, titled "The Next Digital Decade: Essays On The Future Of The Internet." You can read or download it at http://nextdigitaldecade.com. Berin began this discussion by going through the book's introduction which can be found at http://nextdigitaldecade.com/summary. As you will hear, the book focuses on freedom and thought leadership by having brought together 26 thought leaders with expertise in internet law, philosophy, policy, and economics, writing 31 essays addressing the important issues surrounding the internet, its freedom, possible regulation, and even government control. Some of the issues talked about during this segment included the use of the internet kill switch (Egypt) and the pending congressional power giving a U.S. president similar types of authority. Berin talked about this pending U.S. legislation in some detail. In addition to talking about the cyber security bill, he provided us with information regarding the different schools of thought concerning support for technology. Later, he was asked about think tanks in general and we learned that the structure of a U.S. think tank was somewhat unique when compared to think tanks in other countries. Listen for this explanation. Another listener asked for clarification of net neutrality. Berin provided us with a detailed analysis of net neutrality, not just for the U.S. but how it was now playing out in Canada with the Canadian version of this concept. This took us to a discussion of what is referred to as regulatory capture. Berin said that net neutrality was the worst for innovation so don't miss this important discussion. We also talked about common carriage and how its being applied to the internet. In our shorter second segment, Berin told us about the upcoming NewSpace Conference which will be at NASA Ames July 28-31, 2011. Visit http://newspace2011.spacefrontier.org. As you will hear, Berin will likely have an internet freedom panel at the conference to discuss the very issues we have been discussing tonight, plus much more. I suggested to Berin that there also be a workshop to teach those interested how best to use social media tools to promote the NewSpace, internet freedom, or another cause. Stay tuned for details on this as I am sure I will do some NewSpace PR programming as we get closer to the conference date. As we moved toward the end of the program, we talked about the untapped potential of the internet and its power for helping to establish cultural change, something that many in the space community are also working hard to do. During the program, Berin suggested several books and authors for reading on the issues discussed tonight. Though these books are not listed on the OGLF Amazon partners webpage, if you intend on buying them, let me know and I will give you a special Amazon/OGLF code to use when ordering the book so that Amazon will contribute to The Space Show. Contributions keep The Space Show going so if you are interested in the suggested books or anything else on Amazon, contact me for the OGLF Amazon partners code. If you have questions or comments for Berin Szoka, you can post them on the blog URL above. You can also email Berin at email@example.com. His blog is at http://twitter.com/#!/Tech_Freedom. Berin's twitter account is Berin Szoka@BerinSzoka.