It's important that we remember what makes the Internet so interesting and unique. There are two crucial characteristics:
- It's fundamentally decentralized, meaning you can cut out any part without affecting the rest,
- It allows freedom of access, meaning you have the same ability to access and write it as anyone else.
Because they permit extraordinary flexibility and rapid growth, both of these characteristics have brought the Internet way beyond any other network. Today, they are endangered. How come, and what can we do about it?