David Mandl on Sat, 26 Feb 2000 10:18:34 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Re: The old, government-controlled internet

That was my point.  In the eyes of a CEO, the only possibilities in
the world are "free market" (in this case a corporate-dominated
internet, with privacy trounced on and advertising everywhere) or
"government control" (I bet he was tempted to say "socialist").  This
is a classic false dichotomy.  He has no idea what he's talking about,
or hopes that no reading the interview will call him on it.


On Fri, 25 Feb 2000, Guy Van Belle wrote:

> Well, if I remember well, there was no advertising, but it wasn't really
> controlled at all. First of all, governments in Europe were totally
> unaware of it, and secondly, only academics were on it, and in any case 
> you could set up and do what you wanted! And put on your own server what
> you wanted! No one was claiming anything, while now I have 3 copyright
> claims running for some stupid beginning of the century poststamp gif
> reproductions I used for educational sites! 

> On Fri, 25 Feb 2000, David Mandl wrote:
> > >From an interview with Kevin O'Connor, CEO of Double Click (now under
> > attack for invasion of web-surfers' privacy) in today's Guardian
> > (U.K.):
> > 
> > "There are people on the net who want to go back to the old days when
> > there was no advertising and it was government controlled."
> > 
> > This was printed as a large pull-quote, btw.
> > 
> >    --Dave.

Dave Mandl

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