School of Computing. Dublin City University.
My big idea: Ancient Brain
Computing has a history of companies becoming dominant in different fields. It might be in the nature of computing that this kind of thing happens.
An old example of a Google flawHere is an old example of a Google flaw, which shows the problem in depending on one company.
The problem: Google used to use third-party titles from the DMOZ directory instead of the site's own title.
In this old screenshot, Google linked to my site, not using my own title, but using a misspelled title written by someone else.
Google allowed a way of stopping this using NOODP but many sites never discovered this.
It was just a bad idea by Google.
I even saw sites which were given hostile third-party titles which Google used to link to them.
If people are unhappy with YouTube, switching video hosting service is not easy since people lose their channel, uploads, subscribers and view count.
YouTube has a lot of power.
The real issue is the "Web 2.0" revolution.
The whole "Web 2.0" revolution of megasites hosting everyone's content with handy software (YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter) is very useful, but it has led to those megasites having massive power over what people worldwide can see.
First, roughly what kind of site will it be:
There are further difficult topics the sites must make decisions about: racist speech, Holocaust denial, terrorism promotion, gore, blasphemy, stalking and bullying, doxing, death threats, innocent nudity (e.g. medical), allowing accounts for foreign dictators or terrorists.
You might agree or disagree with their decisions, but that's not the point. The point is that these megasites have massive and unaccountable power to decide what people can see.
But again, this gives it power. Many of its decisions are controversial.
If people become unhappy with Twitter, switching "short message" service is not easy since people lose their followers.
But either way, the point is that decisions on who gets a good platform to speak and who does not are made by corporations not governments.