Forbes: Who Created the Internet?
The intellectual property embedded in the software and standards that underlie the Internet represent billions of dollars of assets. (In 2008 the Linux ecosystem alone was valued at $25B.) These assets are often managed by non-profit foundations like the Linux Foundation, the Apache Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation. These non-business and non-government 501c3 organizations are charged with maintaining their valuable assets for the public good.
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