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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RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by snowbender on Fri 7th Feb 2014 20:52 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
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You know the content-providers will not switch to non-DRM delivery-methods, that's just a fantasy and it won't happen.

Are you so sure about that?

Is there still DRM on mp3s these days? Is it really hard to buy music online without DRM these days?

In any case, I can tell you first hand that of all the technical books I bought in the last couple of years, none of them have DRM on them. I bought ebooks from PacktPub, PragProg, Manning and O'Reilly. I buy them straight from the publisher and can download them as a normal pdf or an epub. I am also subscribed to Linux Journal and that magazine is also available as a non-drm pdf or epub.

Some publishers are proud to brand their online offers as "DRM-free". Some publishers start to realise that the only people that actually suffer from DRM are the ones that are willing to spend money on them.

It's really very easy to find those technical ebooks online, and a lot of people just pirate them. I buy it because I think both the author and the publisher deserve to be rewarded. Double so because they offer their books DRM-free. Next to that, if you pay attention, a lot of those publishers have a lot of special deals... so most of my ebooks, I actually bought at 50% of the ebook price on their site.

I definitely would not have bought those ebooks if it did contain DRM... it would just make using them a lot more inconvenient for me.

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RE[7]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Sat 8th Feb 2014 22:10 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
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Interesting argument and it isn't without merit. Good luck convincing large studios of it.

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RE[8]: Comment by shmerl
by snowbender on Sun 9th Feb 2014 12:48 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by shmerl"
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Good luck convincing large studios of it.

That's how it is today, but sadly, it really should be the other way around. It's the ones that are offering the content that should convince the ones that want to consume the content.

Most people sadly don't realize they are buying a product with locks and sometimes even personal information trackers on it.

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