Neutrality exists only in theory – and we’re better off like that. Any analysis of the impact of digital technology on our society starts with technology rather than society. It is built into the q... »
Digital Myths: #14 – The Internet does not bring democracy, but it’s a great sound bite for business. Democratization: on the one hand, it can be the process of making privilege more accessible, li... »
Digital Myths: #13 – If open is so great, why would anything ever be closed? ‘Open’ is like a magic wand in all things digital. Open source, open standard, open data, open access, open innovation, ... »
Digital Myths: #12 – Privacy is dead – get over it! This famous sentiment was expressed by Sun Microsystems executive Scott McNealy back in 1999. You choose which is worse: surveillance by governme... »
Digital Myths: #11 – If you’d rather not ask permission, you’re probably up to no good. Tech pundits love to talk about permission-less innovation, as if it’s the secret sauce that made the Inter... »
Digital Myths: #10 – What if the next Silicon Valley is not in California? Europe has failed to produce any competitive internet companies. If pressed, we could mention Skype or Spotify, but nothin... »
Digital Myths: #9 – Competition is only one click away, except nobody actually clicks. A popular case against online regulation is that the Internet is such a perfect marketplace that competition t... »
Digital Myths: #8 – Disruption is not the new competition. Disruption is the new monopoly. Disruption sounds painful: balances upset, trusted relations torn up, working systems broken apart, an out... »
Digital Myths: #7 – Don’t abuse freedom of speech; some have made great sacrifices for that right. Freedom of expression is the right to express your own opinion without censorship or fear of punis... »
Digital Myths: #6 - Automation has made a lot of jobs obsolete. New jobs came instead. But it did not happen on its own, but after human decisions. We decide if automation creates or kills more jobs. ... »