Respecting the linking economy and information aggregators - part 1 of 3 online rights battles that need fighting this decade

"Rainbow" shared by Jakrome under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Intuitively, if you use the Internet even sparingly as a means of connecting you to the broader world, you'll recognize that much of the activity that takes place on the internet involves humans (and automated search engines and other services) filtering and aggregating basic facts and information.  This is so fundamental to our daily Internet use it largely goes unnoticed.  A link from search engine, a tweet, or a status update from a social media service are just a few examples.  There is huge value in helping citizens sift through the wonderful oversaturation of information the Internet offers.

There are, however, real threats to our ability to find content and navigate in our vast information ocean.  This very cornerstone of the Internet is threatened by fear, misunderstanding, and overreaching from some traditional content owners.


Pipes really does allow you to "aggregate, manipulate, and mashup" the web. This tool is so powerful its hard to even begin scratching the surface. Create aggregated rss feeds for... goods or housing in your area, news from around the web, price alerts from auction sites, and anything else you can think of! If you ever wanted to dabble in programming, but didn't want the code thing to get in the way, here's your chance.