13/12/2008 Content versus tech
The end of the year means conference time. Last week I attended two. The first about Internet Governance (IGF) and the other about media development (GFMD). What struck me most was that Hivos was the only organization attending both congresses. The world of infrastructure, technology on one hand and the world of content on the other hand still seem to be very separate worlds. The Internet exists at least twenty years and still a deep river runs between the two.
Internet is pre-eminently a medium that combines both; the best content of the world is worthless without a solid and stable communication and distribution technology behind it. To fully profit from the possibilities the Internet offers, content people have to work closely together with the technies, not only on micro level – in editorial teams – but also on governance level.