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  •  Both true and but not all the truth: (9+ / 0-)

    The military is very egalitarian in many respects, at least in its written ideals. It still falls prey to human frailty like racism and sexism, but the attempt to only reward people for action is there. It is, however, a hierarchy.

    The internet was a military project and would still be so if the code had not been published. Unlike many projects paid for by the tax payer, this code was not sold to a corporation for their exclusive monopoly and  profit. Instead, it was published and circulated freely by people who had anarchistic ideals. They published the rudimentary code with the request that anyone altering the code to any benefit make the code equally available to all programmers. This was in the 70's when such open ideals were on an uptick.

    Had it not been for that open publication, the internet would not have become what it is today. It would be "owned" by a corporation or the military and very little progress would have been made toward the information revolution. Likely, it would still be in MSDOS, as it was when the military was sole proprietor.

    De air is de air. What can be done?

    by TPau on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:28:52 PM PDT

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    •  Absolutely agree-- the problematic part of this (2+ / 0-)
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      invention is who has the start-up capital to get a project off the ground --at this point is it usually the government (military) or a large private corporation. It wasn't the anarchistic nerds who liberated the net.

      Even Bill Gates was not the inventor or even the original capitalist investor -- it was his uncle with a bank.

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