Sarnoff’s Law

The first law in this series on 'Internet Laws' has nothing directly to do with the Internet. It deals with what came before. And that's important, because, while few people have heard of Sarnoff's Law, David Sarnoff was one of the first people to consider the value of media networks. His thinking helped value and define the world of broadcast media in the same way that laws like Moore's and Metcalfe's Law have defined digital media and networks - the subject of the next few posts in this series. Sarnoff's Law Sarnoff's Law is simple - it states that the value of a broadcast network inc...

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Internet Laws: an introduction

This is the first in a series of linked blog posts about the laws that govern the way the Internet works and how those laws impact our lives. When I say law, I'm not talking about the statutory and regulatory writ of Government, or the laws of physics that underpin digital computing. I'm talking about socio-economic laws like Moore's Law and Metcalfe's Law that describe and predict how, amongst other things, economic value is distributed across a network, people influence one another and the number of transistors on an integrated chip. In fact, many of the 'Internet Laws' we'll explore i...

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