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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Xbox and the Iphone are killing the internet

Zittrain argues that today's Internet appliances such as the iPhone and Xbox hamper innovation. That's because these locked-down devices prohibit the kind of tinkering by end users that made PCs and the Internet such a force of economic, political and artistic change.

Professor Jonathan Zittrain is Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University.
Zittrain's research includes digital property, privacy, and speech, and the role played by private "middlepeople" in Internet architecture. He has a strong interest in creative, useful, and unobtrusive ways to deploy technology in the classroom.

He has written a new book: The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It. This book is due for release on April 14. He discusses the future of Internet and it's threats. Since I am a fan of open source software I will order it an probably tell you more about this topic in the recent future. There is some comfort in knowing that iphone's and xboxes get hacked easily and readily, besides most consumers just want a properly working device.

Zittrain doesn't predict that PCs will become extinct any time soon. But he worries that PCs are being locked down and prohibited from running open source code that has driven much of the Internet's new functionality.

Thanks PC World

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