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The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mi&hellip by James Boyle
James Boyle's book is (at least has been for me) a real eye opener. He warns us about the fact that we might be at the beginning of a second enclosure movement which may start to build fences around the public domain we take for granted. He tries (very convincingly) to prove that statement by giving examples of that tendency in different fields, ranging from literature, music, science, software and technology. He stresses that most of the measures that have been taken in the last decades to strengthen intellectual property have not helped to reach the goals that they supposedly follow. Moreover, he devotes a whole chapter to tell us that some of the most striking evidence against the… Read more
The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain
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4.0 out of 5 stars The endpoints., 25 Jan 2011
Zittrain's book makes us think about the endpoints. For years, we have been obsessed with the network, and defending its neutrality, and have taken for granted that the devices we use would always remain flexible and reprogrammable to do wathever we want with them. Certainly, if our PCs turn into sterile boxes (and we accept it for convenience), to have a free internet won't do us much good. I think that this is his main point in the book, and one that we should take into consideration. The book is pretty easy to understand and, as some reviewers have said, perhaps a bit long. But, anyway, interesting and well written.