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    DescriptionThis 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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    The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jonathan Zittrain
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 342
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300124873
    ISBN 10: 0300124872

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    Illustrations note
    black & white tables, figures
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    14 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Review quote
    "In the web counterrevolution that Jonathan Zittrain foresees, users will lose the ability to control content, companies will gain the power to censor data, and security will trump innovation. It's a gloomy scenario that his new book "Future of the Internet," says is already underway."--Katie Baker, "Newsweek"--Katie Baker"Newsweek" (05/31/2008)