This is a guest post from Luca De Biase, the Chairman of the <ahref foundation. He is the editor of Nòva24, the weekly technology and new media section of the Italian business daily Il Sole 24 Ore and visiting lecturer in new media and journalism at the IULM University in Milan.
A good question is the necessary precondition, even if insufficient, for obtaining a good answer. The problem is therefore to clarify whether or not this question might be a valid question. It is certainly an urgent question. The quantity of information available is increasing at an incredible rate, via social media, the Internet, digitalisation and the acceleration of the speed at which one can access content on line. The fact is that the Internet has made it much cheaper to publish content. The role of quality filter, in the analogue era, was played by few major “custodians” of knowledge: publishers, universities and cultural authorities.