Stephen Downes

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Wendy M. Grossman, net.wars, Oct 10, 2020

I'm not going to do a detailed analysis of the Senate Judiciary Committee report (451 page PDF) on competition in digital markets. But I will pause for a moment to challenge a presumption. In this post, Wendy Grossman notes that observers are concerned about the impact on research; the 1984 AT&T breakup effectively killed Bell Labs. But, she asks, "would AT&T, kept whole, been able to use its monopoly power to block the growth of the Internet?" One wonders what the dominance of major technology companies is blocking today. One wonders what learning technologies we could have, were things like RSS, OpenID, and OER allowed to flourish in an open and interoperable internet.

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