Could the Web Be Built Today?
As the World Wide Web approaches its 15th birthday, Duke University law
professor James Boyle ponders whether such an open set of communication
protocols could be created today. Sadly, he thinks not.
Technology isn't the issue; Boyle believes that today's corporate and
government interests would be too quick to crush such an ungovernable
platform. The only reason the Web gained traction in the early '90s was
that, back then, no one in authority was paying attention...