Shaping the Future of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Feb 16, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Set in the context of the Winter 2016 issue of the arts journal Dædalus (only the editorial is open access) dedicated to the internet, this article explores the changing future of the internet, and specifically, notes its not-so-subtle drift from being an open platform for innovation to a closed platform dominated by a few huge players. As Yochai Benkler and David D. Clark write in their introduction, "Understanding the design challenges these changes pose, subjecting them to continuous critical reflection informed by real-world analysis of the rapidly changing character of the Internet, and insisting on open, rational, democratic debate over the implications of our choices is perhaps the most important role of academic reflection about the past and future Internet." Image: YouTube, Benkler, The idea of the Commons and the Future of Capitalism.

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