Dave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City.
"The protoblogger." - NY Times.
"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.
"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.
"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.
10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.
One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.
"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.
"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
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FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
Think about the ways Apple enforces policies on content.
All songs are 99 cents. No exceptions.
Rules about what apps can and can't do.
We've come to accept these rules. After all it is their platform, the reasoning goes. If you don't like the rules, you don't have to use the iPhone, iPad, whatever.
At first Twitter had a hands-off policy with regard to apps. But that's changing, radically. Read the rules, and see how many of them have anything to do with technology. Now, recall that when Apple first started with the rules, they said they needed to control things because of the technology of phones was different than desktop computers. Clearly there are major motivations that go beyond protecting users in what platform vendors do to control what kind of software and content flows over their networks.
Then, this evening, I saw a tweet from Eric Hippeau, former publisher of Huffington Post, and a longtime publishing industry exec.
erichippeau: "There should be a rule on Twitter that no one can link to a page behind a paywall. Useless."
Now here's a chilling thought.
If Twitter wanted to, tomorrow, they could block all links that went into a paywall. That would either be the end of paywalls, or the end of using Twitter as a way to distribute links to articles behind a paywall, which is basically the same thing, imho.
Twitter already has rules about what you can point to from a tweet, and they're good ones, they keep phishing attacks out of the Twitter community, and they keep out spammers. But that does not have to be the end of it. And if you think Twitter depends on you, I bet Adobe felt that Apple depended on them too, at one point.