A month ago today I officially kicked off this humble blog with a plug for Jonathan Zittrain’s excellent book, The Future of The Internet And How To Stop It. In it Zittrain warns of a dystopian future where the openness of the Internet and the personal computer give way to locked-down appliances and Big Brother surveillance.
Here’s a quick and informal survey of some stuff that’s happened since then:
- A built-in backdoor for spying on Gmail users has been exposed.
- Firefox is facing a mandatory licensing of proprietary video codecs to support the supposedly “open” standard of HTML 5.
- Amazon is locking a large publisher out of its Kindle platform over petty sales concerns.
- (and speaking of appliances) The arrival of yet another digital consumption device is being hailed as the next big thing.
Clearly I’m going to have to do better…