[VIDEO] The End of Open Internet?

The year 2011 will be remembered for the rise of mobile data, explains IESE Prof. Sandra Sieber in this interview, but at the moment there are many discussions about how the market will develop. Will the expansion of the “app economy” in a mobile environment threaten the open standards currently associated with the internet?

“Very recently, some people have started claiming that the future of the web is actually closed and application-based, and that our good-old, open intenet is essentially dead,” she says.

To focus the discussion, we need to go back to the basics and think about content – its production and distribution, argues Prof. Sieber. On the distribution side, one of the key challenges faced by app stores is to provide useful classifications of data for users quickly.

About Sandra Sieber

Sandra Sieber is a Professor of the IS Department at IESE Business School in Barcelona. Her studies center around the impact of new technologies on organizations and business models.

46 thoughts on “[VIDEO] The End of Open Internet?

  1. We are always being tracked. Google, now facebook no about all your whereabouts and details. Its awful, it will only get worse. I just bought a gadget from http://www.greasyhooks.com that can not stop your cpu from being crawled. Its an awesome website too.

  2. by the way SOPA is something which make all of us weak.actually they fear due to power of net… Consider the Egypt and Syria……..

  3. Well this is quite a mix of conclusion i think web is what we have tried it on our computer with the fastest net..mobile.ipad never takes it place…!!

  4. Megaupload is just a tool … Internet is much broader, internet is about people and how this channel is shared and distributed culture.


  5. Technology is great but where will we be in the next ten years. I read an article the other day about wireless medicine. that’ right sientists have found a way to administer medicine wirelessly. Google this if you don’t believe me. We are headed into something that is scarey. think of the possibilites and potential of this technology in the wrong hands.


  6. Internet make us connect with other person. Therefore it seem can’t be dead. I always trust in good future.

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  8. It’s true that these APPS on your phone and your laptop can even track us and our data may be sold to those who wanted it. We should always exercise caution in these days where it is becoming a standard.

  9. Hi,
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  10. It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

  11. I think no end will come to the open internet. The recent efforts to bring in SOPA was effectively stone walled. Data sharing, business development and knowledge sharing are are bringing about more changes to world economy and global orders. There will always be strong resistance when open internet is threatened.

  12. I would like to appreciate it for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thank you.

  13. I am truly satisfied by reading this post. You gave me a big inspiration. Thanks for letting me know about this stuff!!!

  14. I don’t think that the ‘open’ internet is dead. There does need to be some regulation but I think that it will always be open, otherwise its beauty will be dead.

  15. I think internet will always be around for communication purposes whether on a laptop or another mobile devices even though now its getting more strict.

  16. the internet should be open to all but we need to be very careful not to share personal information. we should control what information websites keep about us

  17. Professor Sieber is right about app stores struggling to classify data in a useful way. If I want to research anything properly I use the internet search engines.

  18. It looks like nowadays internet is definitively closed, just ask megaupload! No future for digital freedom.

  19. Internet was a communication system, free and uncontrolled.
    Currently, all Internet access and movements are monitored and stored.

    A genius said:

    A more safer, less freedom
    A less security, more freedom

  20. oh god! where is freedom, with SOPA, what are we looking for from internet…? a knowladge website like wikipedia will be damage with tis SOPA things…:(

  21. I’ve been discussing this with one of my closest friends and we both agree that this would not only show the danger of regulating information but it would also pretty much force programmers and hackers to join up and release new protocols and standards into existence early, effectively creating “Internet 2”. It would also ramp up the userbase of encrypted P2P connections such as Freenet. Better now than later!

  22. Yes, in this internet world one has to safe guard one’s privacy. We should be careful enough and wisely use the internet to avoid any unwarranted intrusion into our privacy.

  23. Off-course..
    Now world also running in internet..
    If internet is now we are not have we can’t think about now a days..
    Day by day technology improve..

  24. We will always have a free and open internet, as Lucas says lets not get carried away with data capture, its the way of the modern world and as long as we’re smart about it, it wont affect us.

  25. It’s not a matter as long as we are smart enough to not share everything on that time no one knows what will happen in the internet world.

  26. No one knows what will gonna happen to the internet world. App economy is continue to rise but i don’t think that internet is threaten of this.

  27. it wont be till 20yr more because Like the rest of infrastructure, the Internet will eventually seem to disappear by becoming ubiquitous. Most access will probably be via high-speed, low-power radio links i have covered in Global Technology Blog.
    Most handheld, fixed and mobile appliances will be Internet enabled. This trend is already discernible in the form of Internet-enabled cell phones and personal digital assistants. Like the servants of centuries past, our household helpers will chatter with one another and with the outside help.

  28. I attended the OECD’s Hihg Level Meeting on the Internet Economy last June 2011 in Paris, representing my country. Keynote speakers included the likes of Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf. I suggest to read the Final Comuniqué on Principles of Internet Policy-making (ref: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/40/21/48289796.pdf). As one in the US delegation put it: “if our bosses knew what we just have signed, perhaps many of us would not return back”.
    Open Internet will continue to exist, because it is in the essence, in the core of the Web. It what makes the Web the greatest innovation hub of humankind. It is the place where the market DOES work, with equal opportunities to all that access it.
    Apps will have their part in the Web simply because there are some companies like Apple who prefers to control the whole user experience, and they are free to do so. And because more and more corporations are migrating towards ASP services, which, by the way, are possible at incredible low costs THANKS to the Open Internet.
    Safety was a key issue in the aforementioned Meeting. Threats will continue to grow, and so will the way stakeholders overcome the threats.

  29. Yes, we’re being tracked. Yes our privacy is being taken away…but in the end, does it matter? Our Amex has systems so we won’t lose our money. Our facebook only has vacation pictures.
    Technology will have our information, but if we’re smart enough, it shouldn’t mattter.

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