The Internet is argued to be the most participatory medium ever developed. It is was originally developed with taxpayer funding and built to ensure that no one entity owned (or could control) the entire network. The Internet allows users to define what applications and services to run and which hardware and devices to use. However, the democratic potential of the Internet is being threatened by structural changes that, if left unchecked, will limit future innovation and participation. If these trends continue, the Internet will become a feudalised space, one that limits freedoms while benefiting powerful gatekeepers.
This Prezi presentation explores the origin of the feudal system and how it has transformed and is applied today.