Thursday, September 04, 2008

The future of the internet - and how to stop it

Jonathan Zittrain's new book, The future of the internet - and how to stop it, presents a compelling picture of how the internet has evolved from the 'sterile' and unchangeable computer systems of the 1960s and 70s into a 'generative' environment, enabling individuals around the world to freely develop applications and services and distribute them widely.

The book then looks at what may come next - the impacts of security and privacy holes and the increasing attempts to limit innovation in order to solve these issues.

It provides a compelling view of where we might be headed if we do not take steps at politic and managerial levels to change the direction.

The book is available freely online, notated by readers in an innovative collaborative approach to exploring the written word.

Jonathon has also presented many of the key themes of the book in various lectures, such as the one below.


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