an occasional series lamenting the hypothetical eventuality of a world without a free internet* and the extraordinary implications this could have for markets and companies. A tragedy of the web commons if you will.And yes, the asterisk means she does understand that The Internet is not free:
It is inspired both by India’s ruling to bar Facebook from subsidising internet availability with Free Basics packages (see Kadhim’s series of posts for more on that) but also Balaji Srinivasan (he of 21 Inc toaster fame), and his attempts — including a Stanford Bitcoin course — to convince the world the web should in fact be a paid-for luxury product of scarcity.
*when we say “internet” we mean it in the popular sense of the word.She means a world without free Web content. Below the fold, some thoughts on the first two posts in the series, both from Feb 10th.