This is what I’ve been up to over the last few months: co-founding Swerl. The “big idea” is to make it easy to design, build and operate highly connected Internet services. The Internet becomes one large virtual computer.
Political parties, governance and policy making have hardly changed to adapt and take advantage of the Internet. It is an age which is far more bottom-up, networked and working at scale.
There are layers and layers of interwoven issues arising from the shut down of Megaupload and the global action against its key staff in January 2012. For me, one of the core questions has always been the role government should have in acting on allegations of copyright infringement. Distractions, personalities and conspiracies aside, where is the line between civil and criminal recourse?
A familiar game is being played out with governments and regulators scrambling to regulate the “evils” of a new technology that keeps making media headlines. This time it’s Bitcoins. Portrayed as the currency of choice for everything bad online, the very fact that currencies are involved is enough to get them worked up.
If there is something online in plain sight (which I define as requiring only clicking on publicly available links), is it OK to take a look? If we suspect that the linked content breaches privacy or confidentiality, but is not illegal, should we still go and take a look?
I think the four Digital Megatrends of the past decade have been cloud computing, mobility, social media, and big data. What about the next decade?