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Old 06-08-2008, 01:11 PM   #1
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"Future of the Internet" now as free PDF download

Jonathan Zittrain's "The Future of the Internet and How to Stop it" has been recently licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 license and is now available as a free PDF download. From the synopsis:

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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. [...]

The Internet’s current trajectory is one of lost opportunity. Its salvation, Zittrain argues, lies in the hands of its millions of users. Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, this book shows how to develop new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, participate in solutions, and become true “netizens.”
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:16 PM   #2
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sounds very interesting, Alex, thanks for the link.
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:41 PM   #3
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Thanks Alex.

Now, how do I put this on my SONY Reader and have it be....readable?

Off to the fora to find a PDF to LRF converter!
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:43 PM   #4
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Thanks Alex.

Now, how do I put this on my SONY Reader and have it be....readable?

Off to the fora to find a PDF to LRF converter!
The good thing is since this is a CC license, some one or more kind souls here will probably fomat shift this to mobi and lrf and upload it to mobileread for all of us lazys. We will of course say thank you profusely.

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Old 06-08-2008, 01:45 PM   #5
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Thanks Alex.

Now, how do I put this on my SONY Reader and have it be....readable?

Off to the fora to find a PDF to LRF converter!
There's a link to a Mobi version on the website Alexander linked to. Grab that & you should be able to convert it with Calibre (mobi2lrf) in a few seconds.
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Thanks anemicOak. Have used LibPRS a bit, but never the mobi converter.
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:51 PM   #7
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Pardon the ignorance, but is mobi the default Amazon format? Otherwise, see no other version that .pdf & .prc.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:10 PM   #9
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Thanks anemicOak. Have used LibPRS a bit, but never the mobi converter.
It works quite well (be sure to grab the current version to get all the improvements Kovid's made to the converter).
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:11 PM   #10
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Pardon the ignorance, but is mobi the default Amazon format? Otherwise, see no other version that .pdf & .prc.
PRC would be the Mobi version
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Thanks for the link.

Is this guy really called Zit Train?
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I have just read the intro part and I am very impressed with the scope and direction of the book. It promises to be a great read. Thanks for the link Alex.
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Old 06-11-2008, 09:14 AM   #13
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Back to the thread.

Good grief man, INTERNET IS A FRIGGIN TOOL !!?!! IT IS NOT REALITY.
It is a way of life only if you let it be. As any entertainment concept it has its dangers of addiction and more but so does TV, Radio, and darn it so does reading.

I don't know what he expects from internet but as one who lives by tools, any one of them is modifyable and remains so. Set intelligence to a task and it is done. Grumble...
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I think Zittrain's point is that not enough of intelligence was applied in the initial designing of this particular tool... much like creating a saw without a handle. We're all suffering from shredded hands now, and we need to take corrective action before we start losing fingers...

I know what comes next: "What moron would create a saw without a handle?"

Well, what moron would create a globe-spanning computer network without basic security protocols?

(Maybe they're related.)
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Well, what moron would create a globe-spanning computer network without basic security protocols?
Because when it was created it wasn't expected that it would be a globe-spanning computer network... it was a way to link univeristies together to share public information.

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