On the internet’s business model

The incredibly smart people who created the Internet could not have possibly envisaged some of the problems it has created. However, surely the very smart people who run the Internet these days are capable of fixing most of those problems. So why won’t they?

Wasn’t there a Productivity Commission report that suggested that the law be changed so that data about a person should belong to that person? Which would require your permission for your data to be used each and every time. But I guess that things like Facebook would have as a condition of entry that you give permission for them to do with that data as they see fit.

As a Crikey subscriber and someone who began working as a journalist in 1957, I am passionate about the importance of independent media like Crikey. I met a lot of Australians from many walks of life during my career and did my best to share their stories honestly and fairly with their fellow citizens.

And I never forgot how important it is to hold politicians to account. Crikey does that – something that is more important now than ever before in Australia.

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