one afternoon when you were
interviewing an applicant for
a vice-president’s position and
tried to sell the two of you a car,
and wouldn’t go away. Believe
it or not, what you want to do
with the Internet is very similar.
Just as you have a reasonable
expectation of privacy and respect
when you’re at a table for two
in a public place, so too do the
users of the Internet have a
reasonable expectation of privacy
and respect. When you think of
the Internet, don’t think of Mack
trucks full of widgets destined
for distributorships, whizzing by
countless billboards. Think of a
table for two.
What could be more general-purpose
than a table? Or easier to explain?
Computers are complicated when you
look inside them. So are communications.
But their purposes are general, which
makes them simple. Nobody needs a
license to build or operate a table. In
explaining freedom, maybe it’s best to
start there. For everybody’s sake.■
Doc Searls is Senior Editor of Linux Journal. He is also a
fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at
Harvard University and the Center for Information Technology
and Society at UC Santa Barbara.
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