The Internet Power Grab: John

The Internet Power Grab: John Ellis writes about the inevitable migration of free content and services in the digital world to a paid model and asks the question: why isn’t the Internet army fighting back?

“With free content heading toward extinction, free telephony on hold, free sharing of private property under attack, the design of personal computers in question, and the Free Software movement in the gun sights, you might think that Silicon Valley would be organizing itself to fight back on the political front. But they’re late to the game. And remarkably, they still haven’t appealed to the public for support. There is no widespread public campaign to defeat Tauzin-Dingell. There is no widespread campaign to defeat the Hollings bill. And there are no grassroots efforts on the Web. The Internet army, which is enormous, hasn’t been engaged or conscripted.”

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