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In my post the other day I was postulating a new normal where every internet user was at least known to the service provider that they used so that they could be held accountable for the things that they said and did online. Reading the opinion piece in today’s age makes me think that my predictions/expectations may be closer to fruition than I thought:
A LITTLE over a decade ago, just before the masses discovered the digital universe, the internet was a borderless new frontier: a terra nullius to be populated by individuals, groups and programmers as they saw fit. There were few rules and no boundaries. Freedom and open standards, sharing information for the greater good was the ethos.
Today, the open internet we once knew is fracturing into a series of gated communities or fiefdoms controlled by giants like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and to a lesser extent Microsoft. A billion-dollar battle conducted in walled cities where companies try to lock our consumption into their vision of the internet. It has left some lamenting the ”web we lost”.
The same firm in some cases now provides not just the content we consume but the devices we consume it on and a plethora of other services to help manage our digital lives, be it email, online storage or e-commerce.
Increasingly, the web kings are expanding into each other’s turf and butting heads with smaller pretenders to the throne, such as Twitter, locking competitors out of their ecosystems but, more importantly, locking us, the consumers, in.
”There’s no question that we are witnessing a clash of the titans over ‘our’ data”, says Jennifer Zanich, serial Australian entrepreneur and now co-founder of start-up Paloma Mobile.
Data is the oil of the digital age, handed over willingly by consumers seduced by the latest flashy new web service. Big data is where the big money is made on the web today, and famous US venture capitalist Mary Meeker describes it as the ”Wild West” of the internet.
Readers may just notice a new addition to my blog roll because I have decided to link to a blog that I have been running for a while on a low profile because it is entirely non political and I did not wish it to have the unwelcome attentions of the now defunct stalker blog that had been vexing Ray and I for the last few years. Anyway Its all about the Morris Minor build that I have mentioned on this blog before. I will be documenting the project there and even though my progress is very much dependant upon the state of my back I do hope that by doing a little every day I will manage to finish it by the time she is old enough to drive it.
I am in the process of updating my blog rolls and readers will notice a few changes in the near future so that the sites I link to reflect what I have been currently reading and what I am happy to recommend to others. I am of course open to suggestions (in the comments) for new places to visit and enjoy and promote.
Now if only Craig Thomson and his credit card had visited Brisbane more often this business may just have survived ….
- Yes, I do believe him………..but have doubts about her! (cafewhispers.wordpress.com)
- And the condemned man drank lots of water. (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- No Mae Culpa From Craig Thompson (phillthedill.com)