Thursday, December 2, 2010

Centralized Vs Decentralized

Heavily centralized organizations (governments or businesses) don't deal with decentralized opposition very well, whether it be file sharers, whistle blowers, or terrorists. These two Techdirt articles (here and here) examine how the decentralized opponent can exploit this weakness with very little effort. When examined this way, it all seems very obvious, and yet the very nature of a centralized organization precludes avoiding the trap. I'm sure there's an appropriate Sun Tzu quote that covers this exact situation.

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