Stark warning for internet’s future

With the second billion of the planet’s citizens due to go online in the next 10 years and an avalanche of online-enabled devices hitting the market with each passing year it would be understandable to assume that the internet is in a healthy position.The 1960s vision of a network of networks has grown into a tool that encircles the globe, drives economies and connects citizens.But Professor Jonathan Zittrain, one of the world’s leading academics on the impact of the net, is warning that the future is potentially bleak.His book, The Future of the Internet: And How To Stop It, highlights key concerns about the direction online society is heading in.’s ‘U.S. 1.0’ advice for Web 2.5
Jonathan Zittrain recently published a terrific book with the suggestive title The Future of the Internet–And How to Stop It. But as I settled into my seat to report on his talk at the Web 2.0 Expo here Thursday, the Internet stopped me.Dead in my tracks.It was a confluence of events. In a switcheroo, what we witnessed was actually “virtual Zittrain.” The good professor–he teaches Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University and is the co-founder of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society–appeared on the big screen in a brief pre-recorded disquisition about the state of Internet computing.

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