Adversarial Interoperability

Doctorow, Cory

Publisher:  Electronic Frontier Foundation
Date Written:  02/10/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23841

A round-up of the EFF's writing on 'adverserial interoperabillity' which is necessary for creating a decentralized internet free from corporate monopolies.




For a really competitive, innovative, dynamic marketplace, you need adversarial interoperability: that's when you create a new product or service that plugs into the existing ones without the permission of the companies that make them. Think of third-party printer ink, alternative app stores, or independent repair shops that use compatible parts from rival manufacturers to fix your car or your phone or your tractor....

For months, we have written about the history, theory, and practice of adversarial interoperability. This page rounds up our writing on the subject in one convenient resource that you can send your friends, Members of Congress, teachers, investors, and bosses as we all struggle to figure out how to re-decentralize the Internet and spread decision-making power around to millions of individuals and firms, rather than the executives of a handful of tech giants.

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