From Issue #150October 2006
Doc Searls is Senior Editor of Linux Journal
Should I infer that businesses that support an open economy have no presumption on keeping customers data, define themself only on service and not on platform? Is the ideal open economy then a set of businesses at least twice the size of business platforms, where customers can iradicate their data within one business and plug it into another business with an identical platform? This idea seems to parallel the concept of all customers being their own ASPs. You get the same result with people who run applications on their own home Linux boxes. Their data is entirely their own, and the only services they consume are identical ISP services: bandwith and DNS. Is the asymtote a return to cottage industry?