The dangers of tethering and Web 2.0

Generative Machine vs. Appliance We are moving increasingly toward appliancized machines — think TiVo, iPod, Blackberry, iPhone.  With software and applications moving off the PC and onto the Web we can use our PC as a dummy terminal to access online applications.  Continuous internet access creates the situation where our PCs and appliances can be …

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Generativity

A key concept in Zitrain’s book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop it, is generativity. Every machine is not (and should not be) designed with generativity in mind. Generative systems are not inherently superior to non-generative systems; each must be examined as to its benefits and shortcomings individually. Generative systems facilitate innovation and invite outside contributions. These affordances of PCs and the Internet are also a source of risk to all who use them.

The future of the internet — and how to stop it

Yesterday I recieved my copy of Jonathan Zittrain’s book The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It. Zittrain is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  When I first saw the title, I wondered why anyone would want to stop it?  So, I decided to read the book and find out. Chapter …

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