30min: The Purity Law for Honest and Trustworthy Internet Services
The Purity Law for Honest and Trustworthy Internet Services
2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot, the ‘German Beer Purity Law’. For half a millennium this Bavarian mandate has ensured the purity and quality of German beer to the continued delight of drinkers all over the world. However, when we examine the developing landscape of digital and online services in 2016 we could only dream of having an equivalent quality standard. At every turn we see technology companies, governments and venture capitalists scrambling to take advantage of our user data. We must ask ourselves; ‘what internet do we want to pass on to our children?’ One that is structured to ensure maximum profit for advertisers, or one that focuses instead on the preservation of quality and purity for the enjoyment and benefit of all users? For this reason we propose a set of Honest Internet Purity Laws to uphold trustworthy and open internet services as a required standard. The principles of open source software don’t just make better technology — they are a blueprint for a better, more open society.
Start time: 12:00
Track: Let‘s talk business
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