Technology outlets have been shouting about “open source”, “competition” and “free” for ages, but in an increasingly digital world, these principles are taking on new meaning. When we came up with the “open source” term we reasoned that there could be some real benefit in providing access to parts of our IT infrastructure that were previously only available to certain commercial companies. Open source licensing was still relatively new at that time and started to evolve and grow rapidly. We hoped this would result in more efficient uses of IT infrastructure and the public would benefit.
With the advent of “big tech” we ended up with companies such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook now taking the spotlight and influencing peoples’ lives. Most people know of these companies by their branding and how they operate, with their market dominance prompting some not-so-nice headlines. Now, the rules and regulations underpinning how they operate is being called into question.