A quick glance at the news this week in the online world throws up questions about the Net’s world wide status. France is voting on the threat of an iTunes monopoly, China is reconsidering its online gaming quotients and the EU is still pressurising Microsoft to open up to its rivals.
What happens when a international tools collide with national beliefs? How important is the ‘open’ nature of the Net?
From a viewpoint in the UK, the Internet is also evolving at different rates geographically. Perceptions of the web’s potential in the US led to an embracing of blogging, podcasting, VoIP in the business sector. Europe and the rest of the world are still dipping their toes in. What price will we pay for being hesitant?