The Next Net 25

Erick Schonfeld, Publisher's own license, Mar 03, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Many of these 'next 25' companies will be familiar to OLDaily readers. There is certainly a trend happening, which this story captures. "The Next Net is deeply collaborative: People from across the planet can work together on the same task, and products or tools can be rapidly tweaked and improved by the collective wisdom of the entire online world. The new era is also creating a realm of endless mix and match: Anyone with a browser can access vast stores of information, mash it up, and serve it in new ways, to a few people or a few hundred million." What this article misses, though, is that the Next Net (as CNN calls Web 2.0) won't be driven so much by these companies as it will by open content, open access, and open source. The Next Net is our Net.
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