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Even OA publishers, who seem poised perfectly to become strong data businesses with content as a lure, only seem to think of themselves as content providers.
Perhaps the concerns over governmental (or non-governmental) snooping into the reading habits of individuals keeps us from thinking this way, but there are ways to thrive in a data business while safeguarding privacy.
Rather than a more enlightened populace, we seem less able to agree on how the world works.
At the same time, the flaw in the business model of Gold OA — an over-reliance on producers who are unwilling to bear the full costs — has become clearer.
In one talk, a cybersecurity expert talked about “hacktivists” and “criminals” as distinct, failing to note that the latter can leverage the former.