Nov 242010
 

Another worth read on why we should be aware of the current “assault” on the open web and the efforts to take back control from users and into the hands of communications, media and publishing corporations.

Too often, we don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. That could happen with the World Wide Web—unless we protect the basic principles on which the Web is built.
Protecting the Web’s principles is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity, our free speech, even our liberty. It is also necessary if the Web is to bring us much more online power than it already does.
The reason the Web has remained open is because Berners-Lee, and the Web consortium, have protected the founding principles. Is society so crass that it won’t stand up for ideals that go beyond a profit motive? Many more truly human benefits, as well as commercial successes, can come from an open Web than from a commercially controlled Web. Read more at www.scientificamerican.com

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