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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RE[4]: About walled gardens ...
by WorknMan on Tue 17th Apr 2012 18:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: About walled gardens ..."
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Apple was just a convenient example, since you were kind of implying with your original post that the Apple App Store was preferable to something like Google Play because it is a walled garden with taller walls.

I meant to imply that it is preferable to SOME people, not specifically me ;)

Nope, but I think ideally people should think about what they're actually getting themselves into when they cede control of many aspects of their personal life to corporations.

Ideally, people wouldn't open files like Angelina_Joline_Nude.jpg.exe, but hey... what are you gonna do?

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