The decentralization challenge

The big businesses challenge of the next few years will be reconciling decentralization with rules. How do you make it easy for people to find and enjoy music online, without opening the floodgates of unauthorized copying? How do we build on the success of WiFi wireless systems, without causing interference with licensed communications? How do you allow your employees to communicate with Weblogs, without opening your company up to litigation?

The issue isn’t open vs. closed, regulation vs. deregulation, or new economy vs. old economy. Business is decentralizing, for the same reason the Internet is: there is no alternative. The important question is what do we do next.