The Internet? We Built That

The government initiated the building of the Internet, the private sector commercialized it, but the network of peers provided the collaborative infrastructure for the Internet to thrive and operate as it does today.  

Wikipedia and Kickstarter are prime examples of people working together in a marketplace of ideas and information sharing.  

It’s a story, instead, about a different kind of organization, neither state nor market, that actually builds things, creating new tools that in turn enhance the way states and markets work.

The state may push a project, companies may build businesses around it, but the people out of their own free will polish it.  It’s about helping each other to help the world.     

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.