The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It Review

This extraordinary book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquity—and 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 innovation—and 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 touted—but 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 Internet—its “generativity,” or innovative character—is 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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Title:The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It
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  • Adam Ross

    Do you recall the end of The Dark Knight? Batman locates the Joker through tapping into every cell phone in Gotham city, turning them into one gigantic triangulation machine. The Future of the Interne...

  • trav

    Here is an author that has put a ton of data and thought into his argument that the internet is doomed to fail if we all keep buying Xbox's and iPhones. To some degree he is right. There are many more...

  • Elaine Nelson

    I want to read this again (probably online), to reabsorb some of the lessons and get a sense of whether I have any part to play in the landscape as it moves forward. (ugh, mixed metaphor roundup!) Thi...

  • Liam

    "Though these two inventions -- iPhone and Apple II -- were launched by the same man, the revolutions that they inaugurated were radically different. For the technology that each inagurated were radic...

  • Eustacia Tan

    This is technically a book that I'm reading for one of my tutorials, but I find that I need to write things down, to get some order to my thoughts.The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It is, t...

  • Kim Pallister

    After having it on my to-read list for some time, I got around to reading this book and am kicking myself for not getting to it earlier. It's great. It's well thought out and it's an *important* book....

  • Vinay

    The key idea in The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It is what Jonathan Zittrain calls "generativity." Essentially, Zittrain posits that the feature that makes the internet successful is that ...

  • Lori Grant

    A should-read book for knowledge workers and entrepreneurs on concepts and trends regarding visions of the future....

  • Vikas Lather

    Not very clear and concise ...

  • Carlos Dominguez

    The whole book, in short:- The internet's flexibility and lack of hard restrictions allow it to be "generative" -- that is, new uses can be implemented by users without the original architects having ...