increasing proliferation of "tethered" devices, from iPhones to Xboxes,
is only one of countless threats to the freewheeling Internet as we
know it. There's also spam, malware, misguided legislation and a drift
away from what Internet law expert Jonathan Zittrain calls
"generativity" -- a system's receptivity to unanticipated (and
innovative) change instigated by myriad users.
Harvard law professor Zittrain, as an investigator for the OpenNet initiative and co-founder of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, has long studied the legal, technological and world-shaking aspects of quickly morphing virtual terrains. He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia in 2002. His initiatives include projects to fight malware (StopBadware) and ChillingEffects, a site designed to support open content by tracking legal threats to individual users.
"Zittrain's book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, sounds ... a klaxon calling to arms everyone who believes that platforms open to user innovation should rule the world, not tethered, sterile appliances that are controlled only by their designers."ArsTechnica