The Future of the Internet

The Future of the Internet And How to Stop It
by Jonathan Zittrain [Yale]

In this wise and often funny book, Jonathan Zittrain distinguishes between open, 'generative' electronic tools such as programmable computers and Wikipedia, and ‘tethered appliances’ such as iPhones and Facebook. While the latter offer users convenience, predictability and security, he argues, these benefits come at a cost to creativity, innovation, privacy, and, ultimately, democracy. Zittrain makes the case for a communications environment characterized by collaborative design, open access, neutral networks and distributed responsibility for evolving standards. -jl

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