Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 28th Jun 2012 13:48 UTC, submitted by Kroc
In the News "The failure of Minitel was not one of technology, [...] It was the whole model that was doomed. Basically to set up a service on Minitel, you had to ask permission from France Telecom. You had to go to the old guys who ran the system, and who knew absolutely nothing about innovation. It meant that nothing new could ever happen. Basically, Minitel innovated from 1978 to 1982, and then it stopped." This is what the World Wide Web could one-day look like. Dearth of innovation for the want of permission.
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Just how most industries work
by Yamin on Fri 29th Jun 2012 18:19 UTC
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So basically, Minitel is how most industries tied to government work...

It just seems odd because of how hands-off most governments have been on the Internet.

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