Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to difffer. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.
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.
Jonathan Zittrain says cyberspace can be made safer from the chaos and crime that threaten to overwhelm it. But most recipes for security and order come at a very steep price: the loss of the Internet�s creative potency.
The June 2007 HBR begins with "If You Love Your Information, Set It Free" by David Weinberger which explains why you should embrace information aggregation. Then, in this month's cover story, Roger Martin says it's not enough to mimic the actions of great leaders - you need to really figure out how they think. Jonathan Zittrain says there's a way to keep the Internet safe without entirely sapping it of creative potential. Then learn how to develop a broader talent base in your company.
Imagine a future in which passengers on a subway stare into screens for a few minutes - and earn as much money in that time as their respective skills and stations allow.
"Get out of Gun Control, Apple" is from the August 16, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Jonathan Zittrain and narrated by Kristi Burns.