Coming out from the walled garden – Globe and Mail

In really interesting move the Canadian news site Globe and Mail have just opened up their site for free. No more walled garden!

As they put it “the locks are off” and “every Globe columnist, daily horoscopes, crosswords, Sudoku puzzles and a suite of news-tracking tools are now free. Margaret Wente, Christie Blatchford, Jeffrey Simpson and the rest of The Globe’s best-known columnists can join the fray and add their talented voices to the freewheeling conversations of the Internet era.” (my italics)

Simultaneously they appear to have launched a new premium paid service called Globe Plus that gives access to more detailed information.

I suspect that this is a beginning of a trend towards opening up of basic services for free and paid premium services. After all, it seemed to work for Flickr.

[Hat tip: Matthew Ingram]

By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.