An Army of Davids

An Army of Davids

Summary: Glenn Reynolds has a new book called An Army of Davids about how markets and technology are empowering individuals in new ways. In a similar vein, I wrote a column about the rise of personal businesses several months ago.

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Glenn Reynolds has a new book called An Army of Davids about how markets and technology are empowering individuals in new ways. In a similar vein, I wrote a column about the rise of personal businesses several months ago.

The gist of my column is that many businesses, especially high-tech businesses, can be started with a lot less capital than ever before. A few thousand dollars for servers and open source software can do the job that used to cost tens of thousands of dollars. What's more, new business models, like Amazon's AWS allow you to "rent" things you could never rent before (like servers by the hour) significantly reducing fixed costs.

But it's not just business. Something that really caught my eye was a recent post by Thomas Barnett pointing to an article in the Middle East Quarterly by a woman in Montana who used computer technology to personally battle terrorism. You have to read the whole article to understand the depth of what she did. But she, in essence, became a "template for the government in the new and developing field of fighting terrorism online called 'cyber-counterintelligence'."

Other example include places where citizens are building eGovernment applications that their government either can't or won't build.

Do you have any examples of where technology is enabling small groups or even individuals to take on roles that were previously reserved for large organizations or governments? Leave a comment and share it please.

Topics: Government US, Government

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  • Book's not new

    An Army of Davids came out about 1 year ago.
    j.m.galvin
  • Why Spain And France Lost North America

    Patriots recognize that Spain and France lost control of North America to English speakers because of an economic theory called mercantilism. Mercantilism held that wealth was fixed and for one to get richer another must get poorer. It was mano agaist mano in other words. David against Goliath. Pioneer against Indian.A society with no real doers, just takers and losers.

    English (and German) speakers abandoned that theory and began thinking that wealth could be created via human cooperative efforts. This was so successful that adversaries could be held off be those adversaries human or born of nature/ disease.

    Rather than an Army of Davids, let us band together into something larger than any single individual. There is a threat to our ability to be Davids. It is the auctioning of our airwaves.

    http://www.cdt.org/publications/policyposts/2007/8

    we must stand together or we will certainly hang separately.

    The Church of the Future of Software Design
    Frank L. Mighetto Presiding
    mighetto