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Friday, August 01, 2008

Future of the Internet

Read The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain. He is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation and Director of Graduate Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute. His web site. Also the book's blog, which is starting to see some traffic. The first half of this book makes some interesting points about what he calls generative computing systems and how they have influenced innovation. Good history of this trend.

Secondly he raises the alarm of how increasingly tethered systems, the IPhone is mentioned as an example, can limit the amount of innovation that is possible. The book is thought-provoking about the direction of the Internet. Later on he becomes a bit academic and policy wonkish and I think could have stated his fears more precisely. He is also one of the paticipants in an effort called Stop Bad Ware.

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