Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2012 08:26 UTC
Internet & Networking "The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of 'restrictive' walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms." That governments - east and west - are trying to destroy the open web, that we know. As for Facebook and Apple... Well, all I know is that it is completely and utterly impossible to check what information Apple has about you. Unlike Google (more here) and to a lesser degree Facebook, Apple provides zero means to see, export, or delete the information they have on you, associated with your Apple ID or otherwise. In 2012, that's just sinister.
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About walled gardens ...
by WorknMan on Mon 16th Apr 2012 09:51 UTC
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It's funny that he talks about walled gardens being too restrictive, because if you're not restrictive enough, then this happens:

IMHO, there's room for both types of ecosystems, for those who want absolute freedom at the risk of having some app p0wn their device(s), and those who don't mind giving up some control to let someone else do the curating.

Edited 2012-04-16 09:54 UTC

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