How to Fix What's Gone Wrong With the Internet
Originally hoped to facilitate the free flow of information, the Internet has fallen short of that lofty goal according to a recent column.
In a recent piece published by The Economist, Ludwig Siegele pulls from interviews with Internet Hall of Fame inductees Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf, among others, to opine that the Internet has become more centralized and strictly controlled than its early developers ever dreamed.
“Today the internet is a very different beast,” he wrote.“The connections to transfer information still exist, as do the protocols, but the extensions the internet has spawned now greatly outweigh the original network: billions of smartphones and other devices, and cloud-computing factories the size of football fields, containing unimaginable quantities of data.”
Siegele examines where things have gone wrong and looks at how they can be fixed.