Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Is Apple the No. 1 Danger To Internet Freedom?

Tim Wu, a Columbia law professor, who is credited for coining the term 'net neutrality,' has now written a book titled book 'The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires' warns us that (apart from Governments), Apple, with its iPad/App market is one of biggest dangers to the freedom of the Internet.

He explains to the New York Times,
'I know the Internet was designed to resist integration, designed to resist centralized control, and that design defeated firms like AOL and Time Warner. But firms today, like Apple, make it unclear if the Internet is something lasting or just another cycle.'

When the NYT asked him which companies he feared most, Wu says,
'Right now, I'd have to say Apple.'

So, how do we deal with Apple's threat of a pretty, vast, closed system?
This Slashdot comment says it best,
The entire threat posed by Apple comes to nought if people don't buy Apple products. I'm doing my bit.

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