The Death of the Internet

I think this underestimates just how much the Internet came out of the military industrial complex but it’s dead on about Faceook and social media being AOL 2.0. Let’s at least get back to the open source model of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Aisle C

Intended to be open, free, and decentralized, it’s now dominated by a handful of companies that control what we see and what we can say.

Jonathan TEPPER

The internet was meant to be open, free, and decentralized, but today it is controlled by a few companies with grave consequences for society and the economy. The internet has become the opposite of what it was intended to be.

In the early 1960s, Paul Baran was an engineer at the RAND Corporation when he began thinking about the need for a communications network that could withstand a nuclear strike. RAND was contracted by the Pentagon to create a system that could continue operating even if parts of it were destroyed by an atomic blast. It was supposed to be the ultimate decentralized system.

Baran went on to publish a paper in 1964 titled “On Distributed Communications,” which was influential in…

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  1. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism studies Google and Facebook “behavior control” becoming status quo. Every citizen needs software and coding skills, as important as reading and writing. To control the controllers we need to control our devices – if turning off data collection and manipulation, we can escape . BUT “social controls” can be beneficial, and individualism as an extreme leaves no inputs to what “civilization” needs to continue. McCluhan’s global village” has United us as All In One, as selfishness rules our lives.

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