THE BIGGEST THREAT to the freedom of the Internet is Apple's App store model, because it is the biggest threat to the open Internet, according to Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales
Wales is concerned that the firm's habit of bolting applications developers into its applications workshops and locking the door is to Internet openness what padlocks are to bedroom drawers.
So take that Net Neutrality supporters, your cause isn't worth the low quality bandwidth it is hosted on, at least according to Mr Wales.
The answer man was speaking at Bristol University today, reports the Computing website, when he said that fears about Net Neutrality are over-rated and "largely theoretical".
"The debate is a highly overblown issue," he said when questioned about Net Neutrality. "A lot of the things that people are afraid of are in reality a long way from happening. The real threat comes from the apps model."
The problem with the Apple application model, as we have already suggested, is that it is about as open as a very closed book. This, Wales suggested, gives Apple a bollocks-in-vice like control over who sells what and where. That is something that he thinks is particularly in opposition to the idea of an open Internet.
"In the apps model, you have to get Apple's permission," he said. "That choke point is very dangerous. It's not theoretical like a network operator potentially shutting out Skype, it's real and it's happening now."
Wales, who until recently was appearing in a call for donations every time you visited his Wikipedia website, said that support for Net Neutrality is "well-intentioned but naive".
Good luck with the fund raising, Jimmy. µ
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