Book review: Keeping door open for Internet innovation

Jonathan Zittrain’s book “The Future of the Internet — and How to Stop It” prescribes a set of remedies to keep the Web open and vital.If asked to pick a favorite piece of consumer technology, who wouldn’t choose an iPod over a personal computer?It does the thing it is designed to do — play digital music — very well. It’s not like the PC, which may be endlessly adaptable but is not optimized for any single use, is difficult for the nontechnical person to control, and may be exposed to spam, viruses and cyber-criminals.That choice, according to Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University, could be fateful for the future of the Internet and, ultimately, the open society it helps sustain.

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