George Dyson was asked to kick off this year's PICNIC Festival and put the theme of 'New Ownership' into an historical perspective. Take a look at 'the shift from top down to bottom up' through the eyes of the technology historian. 

George Dyson explores how the Internet as a complex and decentralised system is fuelling a shift from top down to bottom up. At the same time, however, he questions whether this shift is a brief interlude before centralized control systems re-emerge and create a top-down reality again. 

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