IT’S EASY TO RECOGNIZE THE TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT OF network-based businesses on society without understanding just how differently they are organized inside their walls.
During the years following my 1998 Open Source Summit, I’d developed a “stump speech” about the driving principles of open source software, hacker culture, and the Internet. One slide highlighted my vision for what made the bazaar of open source development, or a permissionless network like the Internet, so powerful:
• An architecture of participation means that your users help to extend your platform.
• Low barriers to experimentation mean that the system is “hacker friendly” for maximum innovation.
• Interoperability ...