Who Should Own The Social Networks?

Brian Kelly, Jan 24, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The debate surrounding Facebook continues. Josie Fraser notes that while "Facebook is bankrolled and directed by the Machiavellian neo-con Pay-Pal guy Peter Thiel, and others who can be regarded as ideologically dubious," the same thing could be said of the Simpsons, which makes money for Fox. Perhaps, but what are we to make of Facebook banning a union organizer for using Facebook to organize? I still think weneed a distributed social network, that is not owned by anybody, the way we have a distributed World Wide Web, that is, again, not owned by anybody.
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