The Generative Internet

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The Generative Internet

Show simple item record Zittrain, Jonathan 2012-08-08T20:37:37Z 2006
dc.identifier.citation Jonathan Zittrain, The Generative Internet, 119 Harvard Law Review 1974 (2006). en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0017-811X en_US
dc.description.abstract The generative capacity for unrelated and unaccredited audiences to build and distribute code and content through the Internet to its tens of millions of attached personal computers has ignited growth and innovation in information technology and has facilitated new creative endeavors. It has also given rise to regulatory and entrepreneurial backlashes. A further backlash among consumers is developing in response to security threats that exploit the openness of the Internet and of PCs to third-party contribution. A shift in consumer priorities from generativity to stability will compel undesirable responses from regulators and markets and, if unaddressed, could prove decisive in closing today's open computing environments. This Article explains why PC openness is as important as network openness, as well as why today's open network might give rise to unduly closed endpoints. It argues that the Internet is better conceptualized as a generative grid that includes both PCs and networks rather than as an open network indifferent to the configuration of its endpoints. Applying this framework, the Article explores ways--some of them bound to be unpopular among advocates of an open Internet represented by uncompromising end-to-end neutrality--in which the Internet can be made to satisfy genuine and pressing security concerns while retaining the most important generative aspects of today's networked technology. en_US
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dc.publisher Harvard University, Harvard Law School en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1145/1435417.1435426 en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1145/1435417.1435426 en_US
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dc.title The Generative Internet en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
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dc.relation.journal Harvard Law Review en_US Zittrain, Jonathan 2012-08-08T20:37:37Z

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