When I first read the news about Mr. Francis Gurry’s speech regarding the fact that the web should have been patented and licensed, the first thing that came to my mind was: “how in the world can some people get so far with such a lack of perspective?”
The idea of licensing the internet might have been plausible a few decades ago when few people knew what computers actually were. Today, however, even the concept of controlling the flow of information on the internet is quite a short-sighted idea. The real danger in my opinion is not the fact that such opinions still come up from time to time (as free speech should after all be encouraged in this modern age), but that they actually get attention.
There are of course companies and people that would profit greatly if they had the power to control what information could and could not go through the web. For such people however, everything is reduced to money and profit. If they had their way, the internet would become an extremely dull place.
Luckily, the web is buzzing with activity and it is probably impossible these days for anyone to control it. I believe that the continuous free spirit of the web is indispensable for making this world better from every point of view and the way this will work out is becoming clearer with each passing day.