Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

ISBN-10: 0300151241

ISBN-13: 9780300151244

Edition: 2008

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Description: This extraordinary book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquityand reveals that it is sputtering precisely because of its runaway success. With the unwitting help of its users, the generative Internet is on a path to a lockdown, ending its cycle of innovationand facilitating unsettling new kinds of control. IPods, iPhones, Xboxes, and TiVos represent the first wave of Internet-centered products that can't be easily modified by anyone except their vendors or selected partners. These "tethered appliances" have already been used in remarkable but little-known ways: car GPS systems have been reconfigured at the demand of law enforcement to eavesdrop on the occupants at all times, and digital video recorders have been ordered to self-destruct thanks to a lawsuit against the manufacturer thousands of miles away. New Web 2.0 platforms like Google mash-ups and Facebook are rightly toutedbut their applications can be similarly monitored and eliminated from a central source. As tethered appliances and applications eclipse the PC, the very nature of the Internetits "generativity," or innovative characteris at risk. The Internet's current trajectory is one of lost opportunity. Its salvation, Zittrain argues, lies in the hands of its millions of users. Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, this book shows how to develop new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, participate in solutions, and become true "netizens."

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 3/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he cofounded the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and Professor of Computer Science at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is the author of The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It.

Foreword
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction
The Rise and Stall of the Generative Net
Battle of the Boxes
Battle of the Networks
Cybersecurity and the Generative Dilemma
After the Stall
The Generative Pattern
Tethered Appliances, Software as Service, and Perfect Enforcement
The Lessons of Wikipedia
Solutions
Stopping the Future of the Internet: Stability on a Generative Net
Strategies for a Generative Future
Meeting the Risks of Generativity: Privacy 2.0
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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