The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

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dc.contributor.author Zittrain, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-01T18:41:02Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Jonathan L. Zittrain, The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It (Yale University Press & Penguin UK 2008). en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0300124872 en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0300124873 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4455262
dc.description.abstract This extraordinary book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquity—and reveals that it is sputtering precisely because of its runaway success. With the unwitting help of its users, the generative Internet is on a path to a lockdown, ending its cycle of innovation—and facilitating unsettling new kinds of control. IPods, iPhones, Xboxes, and TiVos represent the first wave of Internet-centered products that can’t be easily modified by anyone except their vendors or selected partners. These “tethered appliances” have already been used in remarkable but little-known ways: car GPS systems have been reconfigured at the demand of law enforcement to eavesdrop on the occupants at all times, and digital video recorders have been ordered to self-destruct thanks to a lawsuit against the manufacturer thousands of miles away. New Web 2.0 platforms like Google mash-ups and Facebook are rightly touted—but their applications can be similarly monitored and eliminated from a central source. As tethered appliances and applications eclipse the PC, the very nature of the Internet—its “generativity,” or innovative character—is at risk. The Internet’s current trajectory is one of lost opportunity. Its salvation, Zittrain argues, lies in the hands of its millions of users. Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, this book shows how to develop new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, participate in solutions, and become true “netizens.” The author has made an online version of this work available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. It can be accessed through the author’s Web site at http://www.jz.org. en_US
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dc.publisher Yale University Press en_US
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dc.title The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It en_US
dc.type Monograph or Book en_US
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dash.depositing.author Zittrain, Jonathan
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