It was in May 2008 that Jonathan Zittrain first sounded the warning. While the argument was raging, as it is now, about censorship of the internet by governments seeking to control what their populations read – in countries such as China, India and Pakistan – the professor of cyberlaw at Oxford and Harvard universities had another concern: what if it were actually the gadgets we used that were in effect censoring the world that we could connect to, and the things we could do? Zittrain fretted that smartphones, which were just beginning to take off, might actually limit what users could do online compared with devices such as personal computers. Besides the obvious difference – a smartphone is light and can be slotted in a pocket; a personal computer is power-hungry and bulky – there’s another subtle but essential difference. Personal computers are “generative”: they can be programmed to do more than they were set up to. Smartphones, on the other hand, generally can’t be programmed directly by the user. For the most part, they’re appliances, as limited in what they can do as a coffee maker. In his book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It,… Read full this story
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