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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Zittrain Narrator: Alex Day Publisher: Yale University Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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This extraordinary book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquity - and reveals that it is sputtering precisely because of its runaway success. With the unwitting help of its users, the generative Internet is on a path to a lockdown, ending its cycle of innovation - and facilitating unsettling new kinds of control.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/11/2014

    " It's a bit technical, but otherwise a good read. Makes you aware of issues with the net that otherwise pass by unnoticed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 1/22/2014

    " A should-read book for knowledge workers and entrepreneurs on concepts and trends regarding visions of the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 1/7/2014

    " This book offers an intriguing perspective on the internet and digital culture. Zittrain compares generative appliances (like PCs that accept code from any source) to tethered applicances (like iPods that are completely locked down by the company and cannot be reprogrammed without illegally hacking into them)and what an impact these two technological systems can have on our culture. It definitely made me think about the serious implications that seemingly simple digital choices can have on life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 11/28/2013

    " I read the first part of this book in e-book format, but really need to pick up a copy in paper. Zittrain's ideas about the direction of the internet and connected technology are very interesting and equally frightening. I look forward to reading this one and updating this review with more info. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 11/11/2013

    " I started this with my own learning in mind - and quickly moved to reading in order to teach with it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 8/24/2013

    " It was ok, but I guess I'd heard the main theme online, and didn't get much extra out of the book. Of course, Google is making me stupid, so I had a hard time fully concentrating on this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 6/14/2013

    " Provocative, lucid and fascinating. An interesting look into the past and future of the internet. A good place to start for anyone interested in the future of privacy law, cyber crime or where computer technology is headed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 4/20/2013

    " An astute examination of the tug of war between openness and privacy, control and creativity. A fine successor to the enthusiastic naivity of the Internet Utopianism of the 1990s; which, although no less idealistic at its heart, understands the repercussions and potentially less rosy outcomes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristian Norling | 2/15/2013

    " Important read. Good discussions on risks and benefits of an open internet, on privacy and more. The internet is derivative, in the sense that you can build stuff on top of it without asking for permission, and it should stay like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April the Librarian | 12/25/2012

    " amazing - discusses how controls that consumers and companies ask for actually change the very core of the internet, by restricting freedom of creation and dissemination "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maya | 12/4/2012

    " This book would be more interesting to a tech/internet novice. For the avid follower, it's a compilation of many articles in Wired and the Atlantic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asher Rapkin | 11/2/2012

    " Fantastic, insightful and useful look at the state of the internet today and the need for generative technologies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arjen | 10/1/2012

    " good book but not super. Liked the idea of generative platforms & networks vs. tethered appliances. Didn't like the overall negative view but the author has some valid points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 8/31/2012

    " I really liked the overview of the history of the internet, internet security, the power of generative systems. The book can be a bit technical (I have almost no background knowledge) and repetitive, but a lot of it is really interesting and I learned a lot from it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Surfing Moose | 6/19/2012

    " The book didn't grab me and found it a slog to get through. Even though I looked forward to reading it, I was disappointed. The funny thing is Zittrain had a lot of good ideas but somehow it didn't do it for me. I'll give it a reread in the near future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Wake | 10/16/2011

    " Really compelling insights and observations about how the internet is likely to change in the next 10 years. Alternatively frightening and encouraging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 8/28/2011

    " His concepts of generativity are not based on technology as much as on how much the Internet can generate in income and innovation. I was expecting a more technology-oriented text, but it was still useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 10/16/2010

    " Full of fascinating information about the recent history of, well, information. I had a difficult time accepting the thesis, however, that the Internet is poised for a command-and-control lockdown. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 9/21/2010

    " More like 3.5 stars. Nice organized layout of major issues/debates, but it can be tedious at times, particularly in second half. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shaheen | 7/14/2010

    " This book was quite painful, but what can you do - I read it for work book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G | 5/22/2010

    " Was hoping it would be a little more revelatory, but there's still lots of good stuff in here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 5/17/2010

    " His concepts of generativity are not based on technology as much as on how much the Internet can generate in income and innovation. I was expecting a more technology-oriented text, but it was still useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G | 2/1/2010

    " Was hoping it would be a little more revelatory, but there's still lots of good stuff in here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cayden | 12/9/2009

    " Zittrain offers some really bright criticism of the way that technology design has been limiting our options to use it over the past several years. It's definitely worth a read for anybody interested in the Internet, technology, and the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 12/7/2009

    " amazing - discusses how controls that consumers and companies ask for actually change the very core of the internet, by restricting freedom of creation and dissemination "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arjen | 8/9/2009

    " good book but not super. Liked the idea of generative platforms & networks vs. tethered appliances. Didn't like the overall negative view but the author has some valid points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cary | 7/1/2009

    " He promotes ideas of open technology standards and generative systems which I like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Surfing Moose | 2/13/2009

    " The book didn't grab me and found it a slog to get through. Even though I looked forward to reading it, I was disappointed. The funny thing is Zittrain had a lot of good ideas but somehow it didn't do it for me. I'll give it a reread in the near future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 1/30/2009

    " Full of fascinating information about the recent history of, well, information. I had a difficult time accepting the thesis, however, that the Internet is poised for a command-and-control lockdown. "

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