Items tagged with: Monopoly
It should be noted that China's experimentation with a #CentralBankDigitalCurrency (#CBDC) may threaten this trajectory, but we digress.
What can we do to end the #Cloudflare/#Amazon monopoly of #theInternet.
Is awareness needed? Would targetted flyers work?
Perhaps a remnant of a #liberatarian past, the suspicion permeates the #culture and admittedly #Hollywood in what could be seen as #outsourcedActivism.
The big problem is the #USA never uses #antitrust to #breakThemUp. She beats her chest and complains, but in most cases it simply isn't enough — the castigating only fuels notoriety and advertises the dominance, rather than regulates it.
In contrast look at #China…
How interoperability could end Facebook’s death grip on social media after all ActivityPub and other open standards already exist for social media
If past judgements such as U.S. v. Microsoft are a guide, U.S. courts don’t smile on big companies that get a competitive advantage simply by being big. One way to mitigate Facebook’s network effects would be to make it less (socially) costly for people to stay on smaller, competitive networks. That’s why the concepts of portability and interoperability are so important.
Good precedents are given around phone number portability, and the fact that large social networks have had to quickly adapt their protocols before for changes such as Stories, Clubhouse, etc. What is not mentioned though is that open standards such as XMPP and ActivityPub already exist, and which successfully interconnect profiles, messages, posts, likes, media sharing between completely different social networks, and each of these social networks exists still on their own, but you can be on any one, and follow or be followed from any other network.
For those worrying about Facebook then being able to access their profiles or posts on these other networks... that possibility was always there anyway.
See How interoperability could end Facebook’s death grip on social media
#technology #monopoly #BigTech #openstandards #Facebook
The U.S. government forced wireless companies to let you take your phone number with you when you switched carriers. A similar move may be called for again.