Reweaving the Fabric of the Internet

Weaving is an art practiced since ancient times.  Fragments of fabric dating to 5000 B.C. mean  this art pre-dates the fabrication of papyrus in 3000 B.C. in Egypt.  The art of weaving, its cultural and economic ecosystem, and the tremendous volume of innovation over the centuries that stems from weaving  make for an apt and powerful analogy to understand the potential of the next phase of Internet and economic development.

In weaving, threads and yarns are essential. Threads are hooked to the physical loom, converting them into warp threads.  Each warp thread passes through a heddle, which lifts and lowers the warp threads, creating a shed. The shed allows the weft thread to pass back and forth through the warp threads on a shuttle to create fabric.

Over time, looms become faster and mechanically driven and their complexity increased.   Continue Reading →