If the internet were being recreated from scratch, what would you do to improve it?
December 26, 2011 8:15 AM Subscribe
I've been asked to research the viability of the launch of a new top-level domain (TLD) parallel to dot-com. Assuming the prospective domain owner wishes not to reduplicate the internet as it exists now merely with another extension, I'd like to ask: Let's say you could take what you know about how the internet works (indexing, monetization, traffic, web-mastering but also crowdsourcing, social networking, political organizing, personal publishing, microfunding, etc.) and for reasons purely fictional, the existing system was scrapped and being re-built from scratch, what would you do with that opportunity if you had it?
posted by brynnwood to society & culture (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Lately I've come to realize how like the traditional broadcast networks vast swaths of the internet are. A relatively small number of big players appear to have disproportionate control over content and advertising not to mention traffic. While anyone can have a channel (say, a blog), gaining an audience is the issue. The so-called user-generated content sites (e.g. youtube) have the power to censor and are less than consistent in their application of community guidelines.
Whether or not you agree with the above, I'm still curious: if we had another chance at joining/shaping the internet for the first time, knowing what we know now, how could be we improve upon the existing model?
Looking forward to hearing your ideas.