concentrated technology

If you were to launch a new mail server right now, many networks would simply refuse to speak to you. The problem: reputation.

Email today is dominated by a handful of major services. […] It’s become increasingly unusual for individuals or businesses to host their own mail, to the point that new servers are viewed with suspicion.

And so it goes for most technology discussions: decision-making power ends up concentrated in the hands of a small handful of organisations, often to a point where those who would like to broaden their horizons are unable to.

The experience with email merely demonstrates that it’s not just an issue of standards compliance.

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