Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Openness in First Monday

This afternoon’s e-mail brought notice from Brian Kahin of publication of his special issue of the online academic journal First Monday. The special issue captures the papers presented during the DCCI conference at the National Academies in January. Included in the issue is my own paper, “Seeking Open Infrastructure: Contrasting Open Standards, Open Source and Open Innovation,” which elaborates on my own earlier talk.

Why should anyone care? Imagine if in 1992 a bunch of smart academics had talked about what they thought the Internet would look like. Many of them would have been wrong, but some would have spotted key trends 3, 5 or 10 years in advance. If Kahin’s vision is correct, this issue describes how the next-generation digital infrastructure will evolve over the coming decade.

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