Free data sharing is here to stay

Cory Doctorow's latest Guardian article says some things that us new-economy citizens have known for years, but that most politicians haven't yet caught up with.

The information economy is here - but governments and business are still obsessed with 'protecting' information, rather than making it more productive.
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Just as the industrial economy wasn't based on making it harder to get access to machines, the information economy won't be based on making it harder to get access to information. Indeed, the opposite seems to be true: the more IT we have, the easier it is to access any given piece of information — for better or for worse.