By Jonathan Zittrain
This outstanding e-book explains the engine that has catapulted the web from backwater to ubiquity—and unearths that it truly is sputtering accurately as a result of its runaway luck. With the unwitting aid of its clients, the generative web is on a route to a lockdown, finishing its cycle of innovation—and facilitating unsettling new types of control.
IPods, iPhones, Xboxes, and TiVos characterize the 1st wave of Internet-centered items that can’t be simply converted through an individual other than their owners or chosen companions. those “tethered home equipment” have already been utilized in awesome yet little-known methods: vehicle GPS structures were reconfigured on the call for of legislations enforcement to listen in on the occupants continuously, and electronic video recorders were ordered to self-destruct because of a lawsuit opposed to the producer millions of miles away. New net 2.0 systems like Google mash-ups and fb are rightly touted—but their purposes may be equally monitored and eradicated from a primary resource. As tethered home equipment and purposes eclipse the computer, the very nature of the Internet—its “generativity,” or leading edge character—is at risk.
The Internet’s present trajectory is one in all misplaced chance. Its salvation, Zittrain argues, lies within the palms of its hundreds of thousands of clients. Drawing on generative applied sciences like Wikipedia that experience thus far survived their very own successes, this e-book indicates the best way to boost new applied sciences and social buildings that let clients to paintings creatively and collaboratively, perform strategies, and develop into real “netizens.”