Stirring words from Rob O'Callahan, head of Mozilla's New Zealand office: "We want the internet to be a level playing field, which means no company or organisation should be able to dictate who can use it, how they can use it, who’s able to produce content, who can consume it, who’s able to create devices and software to consume it." (via O'Reilly Radar)

4 Responses to “What openness means”

  1. Doug Nelson says:

    So for it to be truly open, it should allow those who want to restrict content to do so, on as large a scale as they please, and protect their right to do so. Blasting open restrictions while hiding behind the excuse of “openess” is a very “closed” thing to do.

  2. atimoshenko says:

    But what about carving up sub-pieces of the Internet to be used in ways not everyone has thought of, or in ways not everyone agrees with? I do not see O’Callahan’s vision really capturing this dynamic.

    Openness should be about the absolute freedom of coming and going between different ‘regions’. Openness should not be about absolute freedom of behaviour within any given such region. This is the only way to balance universality with diversity.

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