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Here Comes the Flood

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/annegirl/416113418/"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/167/416113418_e474784f86_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt="Students at Singapore Robo Grand Prix" class="img-right" /></a>When I spoke at Opera Software's Web Standards Conference, I started with "it is a good time to be a geek".
And it is. Where we were once unpopular and cast as social misfits, many of us shape the world our children will grow up in. The beauty of this is that it doesn't take many geeks to change the world. Small groups like <a href="http://37signals.com/">37 Signals</a> are making web applications used by tens of thousands around the world. Websites like <a href="http://digg.com/">Digg</a> start off as merely ideas made alive on the digital canvas by single individuals, then somehow changing the way we all read, learn and look at the world around us.
The traditional frameworks – businesses, governments – need to understand that the control they once had over information is now largely defunct. They stand at a crossroads of either coming clean or engaging in tainting the waters with misinformation, re-establishing the old methods of communication as authoritative.

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