More details on Arstechnica.
Dave Winer from It’s time to care about the open web:
…The web snuck up on the tech industry, and before they had a chance to lock the doors. It blossomed into an incredible variety of human expression and commerce. But given enough time, and docility of users, the tech industry is getting close to locking this up too. But there’s hope because finally journalism sees what’s happening.
I agree 100% with what Dave has to say in that post. There’s room for everybody to play on the internet and having an open web is important for so many reasons. By the way, Dave’s podcast on how he got started on the web is an interesting story from the early days.
Hossein Derakhshan from The Web We Have to Save:
The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying.
Why is nobody stopping it?
This shares a lot with The Web We Lost, which was posted almost three years ago. Since then, the use of the free web by most people seems to have decreased drastically. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become the primary access point to information on the Internet for many. As these sites evolve, they work harder to keep users from leaving. Rather than linking to information sources, tiny bits of information (pictures, short videos, animated GIFS) are replicated on the site–easy look at, easy to like, easy to share.
I won’t fault people for wanting easy ways to share things, be it an important idea, or a cat video. Sites like Facebook and their associated apps, have done a wonderful job making this sharing easy for so many people, but there’s a bigger world out there. We shouldn’t limit ourselves to only a couple “networks” when the technology we’re using can give us so much more.