The free web won’t win all by itself. It will win through the empowerment that it offers citizens to organize and to secure the rights that go along with freedom of speech on the internet. We have seen a massive attack on the freedom of the web.
Government are realizing the power of this medium to organize people and they are responding and they are trying to clamp down across the world, not just places like China and North Korea but we have seen bills in United States, Italy, and all across the world. The US has its own criticisms around SOPA and PIPA, which almost passed with support from the media industry. This happens usually under the rubric of copyright law or trying to prevent video websites and piracy from operating but really it is a very politically retrogressive position. We have seen massive campaigning by citizens online in forms of petitions and other sorts of responses that include website blackouts.
There is no debate that the internet has transformed business, music, and politics. The changes in media and politics allow engagement of citizens by spreading power like never before.
According to Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Facebook and Apple are equality contributing towards a closed web compared to the governments. The threat to the open web comes from aforementioned entity’s desire to controls access and communication by their users. Apple and Facebook has created “restrictive walled gardens” that tightly control what software can be released on their platforms. Brin argues that Google wouldn’t have achieved the success it has if all the websites refused to allow search engines to browse their websites. The competitors argue that this problem is prevented by specialised applications that do not require generalised search of the web.
Facebook and Apple definitely have created a closed ecosystem that works for them. With more and more people using their products and services in this closed ecosystem, is it possible that these companies might actually threaten the openness of the web? Sergey Brin definitely brings up some very good points, give us your thoughts on this matter.
Source: The Guardian