We all know the Internet isn’t “a series of tubes.” But what IS it, really?
That question motivates this audio documentary, which I produced as my master’s thesis project in journalism school at the University of Colorado.
It turns out that copying is central to the basic operation of the Internet, and that has consequences for users, artists, entreprenuers, and the law. I explore some of those consequences and connections through interviews with technologists, scholars, entrepreneurs and others, including Cory Doctorow, Patricia Aufderheide, and Alexis Ohanian. My hope is that thinking of the Internet as “a series of copies” will help people better understand issues like Net Neutrality and copyright reform.