Reflective Summary (The Origins Of The Internet)

(Source: Google Images)


Comment 1: Andrea Mensono
Comment 2: Jasmine Tan


In my previous post, I discussed the need for information to be freely available in order to advance
the impartation of education and societal progress. I also wrote on the various reasons why content
producers need to establish a paywall. I came to the conclusion that we can’t have the best of both
worlds in the current times. For marketers, the availability of information are the fundamentals towards
the development of a successful marketing strategy.


Andrea brought up the topic of how grants are now possible to fund further research work.
Going back to the stance on how information should be freely shared,
I can’t help it but think that perhaps “grants” might be the way to go in the future. It might even pave
the way towards free information as funding will no longer be a problem.
In fact, the Obama Administration took that step towards open access information in 2013.
(The White House)

(Source: The White House)


Jasmine emphasized on the need for paywalls to be established as a means for economical growth.
It got me thinking about how “money for information” is a necessary system and the lack of it might
lead to a breakdown in terms of how the “producer-distributor-user” structure works.
It is exactly what the ACTA stated on how effective enforcement of IP rights is related to economic
growth. (ACTA) Hence, indiscriminate abolition of paywalls could lead to dire consequences.

(Source: ACTA)


Coming back to the issue of whether information should be shared or controlled,
both their posts had changed my thoughts slightly on the strangely symbiotic relationship
between information and money. There is no such a thing as “free information”.

To get one, the other must be given up.


My research on open access while doing this post also revealed flaws in the open access
system to me. There is the presence of “predatory publishers” and they seemed to have found
a loophole in the system and exploited it. If this exploitation of the researchers were to continue
unabated, the legitimacy and quality of their manuscripts will be the one to suffer. (Nature)

(Source: Nature)


Our current information access system might be imperfect but time has proved its worth.
So for now, let us embrace it.

There’s no telling what the future holds.


(370 Words)






Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. (2012, October 1).
Retrieved November 12, 2015,

Stebbins, M. (2013, February 22). Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.
Retrieved November 12, 2015,
Beall, J. (2012, September 12). Predatory publishers are corrupting open access.

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