The Furture of the Internet and How to Stop It

Jonathan Zittrain, Website, Apr 17, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I like the way this book is presented online, in such a way as to allow readers to read the entire book for free and to comment on each paragraph. As Seb Schmoller summarizes, Zittrain "argues that the Internet is on a path to lock-down, 'ending its cycle of innovation, and facilitating new kinds of control'." I agree that this is a concern - content publishers have long wanted to be able to control the platform (the way telephone companies control the phone) so they can regulate what's done on it. The book looks worth a read; you can buy the dead tree version also if you want.
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