A bleak future for the web?
The Trinet (Amazon, Facebook, Google) is a depressing prospect for the future of the web.
The War for Net Neutrality in the USA won a battle in 2014, but in 2017 we are seeing a second battle which is more likely to be lost. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are probably soon going to dictate what traffic can or cannot arrive at people’s end devices. GOOG-FB-AMZN traffic would be the most common, due to their popularity among internet users. Because of this market demand, ISPs will likely provide cheap plans with access to GOOG-FB-AMZN, while offering more expensive plans with full internet access.
— The web begain dying in 2014, here’s how by André Staltz
There’s still one thing that the web has in it’s favour. People are still willing to make it the best open platform it can be.
Google might have shut down their RSS reader but there’s been a number of replacements sprung up that people are willing to pay for like Feedbin.
Amazon might have the shopping internet market share, but how long can they continue that success? Retail is a never-ending cycle of new companies and stores trying to sell products. Can Amazon remain on top?
I’m optimistic that the web can still be and open platform for all. It comes from educating people about the sacrifices they’re making in using the Trinet’s applications and services and what the trade-off is. I suspect most people are not too bothered though, but there are people who are willing to support and work towards an open web.