Thoughts About The Future Of The Internet

I finished The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It the night before OneWebDay. It’s a good fit since OneWebDay is about broadening awareness of web issues and deepening a culture of participation and the book identifies both actions as key to keeping the Internet healthy.

“Today’s consumer information technology is careening at breakneck pace, and most see no need to begin steering it. […] Internet users enjoy its benefits while seeing its operation as a mystery, something they could not possibly hope to affect.” (from paragraph 40 of the Conclusion)

When I was reading I also noticed similarities between how the book talks about the benefits of the Internet and how Mozillians have been talking about the same thing.

Jonathan Zittrain talks about the benefits of the Internet using the term generativity and he describes five features of a generative system:

  • Leverage
  • Adaptability
  • Ease of mastery
  • Accessibility
  • Transferability

There are certainly differences between this list and the way other people have been describing things, but the common elements are clear: the Internet is a global public resource and people need to get involved to keep it that way.


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