With major companies controlling the internet today there has been a shift away from cyber libertarian views of the internet to Walled Gardens which is essentially an increase in surveillance, control and censorship. The rise of popular social media sites such as facebook, twitter, myspace and Google+ has allowed a social element to become attached to the Walled Garden approach.
Within these walled garden companies can then create specifically tailored walls called Stacks. Stacks are referred to as vertically integrated walled gardens which need a proprietary operating system to run for example Facebook. Users then interact within facebook whilst they are monitored by the central network. These stacks restrict what you can and can’t do on their system. Apple another major brand uses its stack to control their devices. If you try and change an iPhone without Apple’s permission they shut your phone down and it becomes unusable.
SO! Why does it matter that companies are controlling your online usage? Well companies are taking away your right to freedom online.
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