A Musical in Defense of a Free and Open Internet

David Post's book,
 In Search of Jefferson's Moose — Notes on the State of Cyberspace, tells the story of how Thomas Jefferson, while Ambassador to France, arranged for the shipment of a moose carcass to    display in the lobby of his Paris hotel. Jefferson’s aim was to demonstrate to the scientists of the Old World that, contrary to their views, the New World was not degenerate. He wanted to encourage Europeans to come to America to explore its wonders and populate its new territory.

Today, the Internet is still a relatively new world that some  some "old world" institutions are calling a degenerate and dangerous place. Some governments are arguing against the opening up of new domains. Moreover, powerful commercial interests are angling to control access to the Internet and/or to lure users onto their proprietary platforms. Some argue that the open Net is too risky and that these companies do a better job of “protecting” us against viruses and spam, while selling us stuff. Meanwhile, companies and governments collect "big data" and keep as much as possible under surveillance.

The aim of this "Moosical" is to highlight in story form the benefits of a free and open Internet and to warn of present grave dangers to the Net’s neutrality.
The old Moose urges the citizens of today to seek a new symbol that will show the "old world" doubters that a self-governing Internet can be as inspiring and empowering for those in this 21st century as the new American frontier was for citizens in the 18th century. The Moosic Box lists all the songs and is your gateway to the story. Current YouTube videos can be seen on the Video page here or on the Moosical channel on YouTube.

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