The Open Contract

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in January 2008

100 words / 1 min.
Steve Gillmor’s GestureLab - The Open Contract:A Fred Wilson makes an excellent case for why users should be more aware of where their data is being harvested. He raises concerns about GoogleaEUR™s aggressive march toward what can be loosely described as a data monopoly, where the scale of the pool of data creates a barrier […]


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Steve Gillmor’s GestureLab – The Open Contract: 

Fred Wilson makes an excellent case for why users should be more aware of where their data is being harvested. He raises concerns about Google’s aggressive march toward what can be loosely described as a data monopoly, where the scale of the pool of data creates a barrier to entry points for the startups Fred so ably funds and arbitrages. We can forgive his wrapping this economic imperative in a clarion call for the protection of innovation, but his point is valid as far as it goes.


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