These days, Douglas is concerned about the web and the concept of corporate capture. Unless governments become more serious about regulation, he sees the problem getting worse.
The web was originally intended to be a totally decentralised, totally distributed document sharing system.
“We assumed that this intermediation would be one of the benefits from it, that middle men or intermediary distributors we wouldn’t need them anymore, we could all form immediate, direct electronic relationships with anybody we needed to do business with.”
“It didn’t turn out that way… there’s a very small number of companies now that are taking over ownership of the internet – you know who they are – and that’s distressing. So, for a time we were worried about government capture, certainly in China that’s an issue. It was predicted that the Great Firewall wouldn’t work but, in fact, it seems to be working really well. But a bigger concern I think is corporate capture.”