Censorship, Ubuntu and… Digg

It’s one thing when an organisation takes action restricting the community temporarily to keep some breaking news from leaking out early – news which would be coming out officially anyway, and which is still published elsewhere, just not on a site clearly linked with the organisation

but what if the freedom to publish IS the product? What if the community IS the value they provide? What if the conflict of interests between the organisation and the community affects their very operation?

Digg fights user revolt over HD-DVD ban – Digg founders took HD-DVD sponsorship.

I think in the Ubuntu case, minor adjustments will be made, and business as usual will continue with a stronger community. In Digg’s case, well this had to happen sooner or later… I wonder about their survivability.

And now, back to business as usual! :-)


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