Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Feb 2014 22:20 UTC
Internet & Networking

Speaking with Wired editor David Rowan at an event launching the magazine's March issue, Tim Berners-Lee said that although part of this is about keeping an eye on for-profit internet monopolies such as search engines and social networks, the greatest danger is the emergence of a balkanised web.

"I want a web that's open, works internationally, works as well as possible and is not nation-based," Berners-Lee told the audience, which included Martha Lane Fox, Jake Davis (AKA Topiary) and Lily Cole. He suggested one example to the contrary: "What I don't want is a web where the Brazilian government has every social network's data stored on servers on Brazilian soil. That would make it so difficult to set one up."

A government never gives up a power it already has. The control it currently has over the web will not be relinquished.

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Not so fast.
by westlake on Sat 8th Feb 2014 18:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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DRM is a dud, and even content producers, especially independent ones, will want and find ways to get around it. They mostly already have done by finding an audience outside of traditional distribution channels

Disney posted the full animated version of "Let It Go" in HD to YouTube on December 6th.

81 million views.

Frozen is a Billboard chart topper in CD and download sales. The movie is fast approaching a billion dollar theatrical gross --- and scarfing up awards as fast as they can minted out ---

and that is only the beginning.

It is possible to find an audience outside of traditional channels in any media. But when the system is on full throttle and the tracks are clear, all bets are off.

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