Barry,

I talk about infrastructural changes in respect of the Web because it enables us to get away from (have have a meta-view of) us/them debates.

The only reason why anyone might take offence at the lack of neutrality of the Web is because they hadn't envisaged it as infrastructure, but as some sort of medium for information or some other tool.

We don't both asking about the 'neutrality' of 'public' utilities or road and rail networks, because it appears a dumb thing to talk about. It's also dumb to talk about the Web in such a way. The Web is embodied in human social interactions and, as such, is susceptible to manipulation and abusive intentions, as much as informative and benevolent ones.

I suppose this all dates from the initial idealistic-speak, when, emerged from CERN came the notion of a widespread reasonably equitable medium for research between institutions world-wide. And indeed, the Web served this purpose and exponentially more, and has and is spawning myriad novel forms of human social interaction than was ever envisaged.

The question is not the neutrality of the Web but the take-up and usage of its potential by varies parties and interests. 

On a last point, I (like, I presume most of us) have strong moral opinions and through experience have learnt that what I consider 'benevolent' is frequently considered otherwise by other people. I've got a feeling that one persons' 'neutrality' would be viewed as something very different from someone else's perspective, even if the two people share the same politics or club☺

The thing about the Web is not whether it is good or bad, or prejudiced or neutral. The unique thing about it is that it is organisationally closed, world-wide, and to varying degrees, ubiquitous. The other thing about it (which give me grounds for optimism), is that there is now a critical mass of advantage from increased rather than decreased usage. However paranoid and nasty are various vested interests (whether governmental or corporate of religious), the fact is that we have reached the point where the constituent components of these vested interests (political parties, companies, quangoes and other bodies....) cannot serve the vested interests by decreasing usage.

As I say, I think this offers grounds for optimism - which doesn't mean utopianism or blind acceptance,


Roger


On 5 Jan 2011, at 16:43, Vladimir wrote:

What kind of policymaking do you mean?
Vladimir

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