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4.0 out of 5 stars Good questions, even if answers are harder to find..., 3 Jan 2011
This review is from: The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It (Paperback)
In the wake of a range of books abstracting the Internet into concepts and asking about their longer term impact, comes this interesting and practical contribution from lawyer Jonathan Zittrain. It explores the technological/security complex that is now determining the experience of the Internet and the access to services through it. It posits a mixed model that balances the risks of generative technologies (like the PC) against the stability of locked down devices (like the iPad) whose services remain determined by the manufacturer. This tension is well known to most creative people working with technology, but the implications for the improperly named 'user experience' (a bit of technologist imperialism if ever I saw some) have yet to permeate more widely. The question is really whether we feel comfortable giving control to the corporate technologists to fend off the menace of malicious hacking. These seem to me to be dangers of equal intensity, and Zittrain, quite rightly, thinks we need to think about security another way. However, even the XO Project, in which he pins so much hope, has found itself hijacked by the corporates. There are fewer answers here than one might expect, but some excellent questions. Certainly encouraged me to download Herdict, whatever good it will do.
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