Saturday, November 05, 2005
THE IMPROBABLE WEB Atrios links to this excellent piece of commentary from the Financial Times about how the internet might have developed differently.
A key excerpt:
The web became hugely popular too quickly to control. The lawyers and policymakers and copyright holders were not there at the time of its conception. What would they have said, had they been? What would a web designed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation or the Disney Corporation have looked like? It would have looked more like pay-television, or Minitel, the French computer network. Beforehand, the logic of control always makes sense. “Allow anyone to connect to the network? Anyone to decide what content to put up? That is a recipe for piracy and pornography.”Find the rest here.
And of course it is. But it is also much, much more.