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Internet enthusiasts like myself have been inspired and dismayed in almost equal measure by the development of the World Wide Web since the mid-90's. The dot-com boom spawned a new breed of internet entrepeneurs who for a time were financed by a buoyant and uncritical stock market. But the bubble inevitably burst in 2000/1 with widespread repercussions for financial institutions, but also at an everyday level, for homeowners and individuals with savings and pensions linked to stocks and shares.


The dot-com crash also had the effect of undermining thousands of small computing enterprises who now found they were dealing with increasingly sceptical clients. The market for business administration software which had sold freely in the 1990's now all but dried-up. 


Mercifully, the WWW has largely recovered from this massive setback, and there is a more mature understanding of its potential for providing information, education, commerce and entertainment. The steep falls in the cost of computing equipment; the widespread availability of broadband; the convergence of telecommunications/broadcasting technologies and the increasing sophistication of end-users have all played their part in its recovery.


Nonetheless there are serious structural concerns regarding the internet and WWW. Under the bonnet it still relies on the skill and dedication of enthusiasts who retain the collaborative, open and generous approach on which the internet was founded. And how that contrasts with the murky activities of the underclass of scammers, squatters, spammers and hackers !   


To be continued




Copyright 2008 [Fen Tyler]