By Wanjiku Karanja**
The Internet, as a ubiquitous platform, was founded on the principles of openness, participation and collaborative development. ‘Openness’ in this context refers to the policies and procedures that allow Internet users to make free and autonomous choices on the online services and content that they use and create. Openness is cited as having been similarly fundamental to the development of world’s most popular reference tool, Wikipedia. For example, some observers point to Wikipedia’s slogan “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit” as evidence of this openness.