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WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us by Tim O'Reilly

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THINKING IN PROMISES

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 ...

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