I loved this talk by Howard Rheingold: “The computer industry did not create the personal computer; it was created by people in their 20s who wanted a tool of their own. The Internet was created for the most part by people in their 20s, not the phone company. They didn’t know what the tool was for, but they knew that other people would invent uses — they built the Internet without a central control, to enable innovation.”
This is important to remember at this moment, another inflection point in the history of the Net. The intellectual property hoarders, the computer industry and the government are trying to find common ground in restricting our access to and ability to build on what we have already created.