June 06, 2008 | Michael Holloway

The Future of the Internet in Focus

Will consumer pressure for a safer net mean the end of open platforms and rapid innovation? And should the geeks who "get" the net care if the rest of the world prefer TiVos and iPhones?

On Wednesday of this week we co-hosted an event at the British Computer Society to discuss the problems raised by Jonathan Zittrain's new book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It. Professor Zittrain was joined by technology journalist Bill Thompson and our Executive Director, Becky Hogge, to discuss the threat that insecurity and "tethered appliances" pose to the generative Internet. We were also fortunate enough to have an expert and lively audience.

The recording (thanks to Felix) of this 90 minute event shows there is both plenty of middle ground and a broad range of views held within our community. We'd love to see your comments on the merits of Jonathan's arguments, particularly his point that online communities should develop self-regulatory mechanisms rather than rely on Government measures to ensure the net flourishes.

Comments (4)

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    Jun 08, 2008 at 01:09 PM

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    Jun 06, 2008 at 04:01 PM

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  3. Online security, Facebook applications and the like | No geek is an island:
    Jun 09, 2008 at 05:09 PM

    [...] Rather than me write up my half-remembered interpretations, the wonders of modern technology can save me a lot of work by transporting you right there: the whole event was recorded and you can listen on the ORG website. [...]

  4. webponce.com / rants / Open Rights Group, Zittrain and Facebook Regulation:
    Jun 07, 2008 at 09:16 PM

    [...] You can listen to an audio recording of the debate over at the Open Rights Group site. You might even be able to hear me ask about [...]

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