Feudalism explains a combination of legal and military customs in Europe that flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries. It has been defined broadly as a way of structuring society around relationships derived from the holding of land in exchange for service or labour. Feudal lords controlled all aspects of land use and decided how citizens were to use the land. This notion can be related to the ‘centralized network’ that was present before the Internet. This network relied on centralized control over information flow much like how feudalism explains control. However, with the move to the prevailing distributed network, which involves multiple terminals connecting with each other, making all nodes equal has since handed the control to the end users, giving us the freedom. Though t
here are still some exceptions in the case of ‘walled garden platforms’ like Facebook and Apple app store where content is tied to the platform and the ‘garden’ owner controls how you use it.