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NYC LOCAL: Friday 11 April 2008 Launch Party for Jonathan Zittrain's Boo
NYC LOCAL: Friday 11 April 2008 Launch Party for Jonathan Zittrain's Book on Keeping Our Net Free
10 Apr 2008 11:12:21 -0400
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Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 23:52:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: Evan Korth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Subject: [Computers_and_society_announcements] Invitation to Prof. Zittrain's
Book Party, Fri., April 11, 5pm, Tribeca GrandHotel
You are Invited to Jonathan Zittrain's *The Future of the Internet and How
To Stop It* Book Talk & Party
Please join the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law
School; Jeffrey Cunard and Bruce Keller, partners at Debevoise & Plimpton
LLP; Susan Crawford, Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and Big
Think (www.bigthink.com) for a discussion featuring Professor Jonathan
Zittrain previewing his forthcoming book, *The Future of the Internet and
How To Stop It*
Friday, April 11
Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.
Tribeca Grand Hotel
2 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10013
Please RSVP to Rebecca Tabasky at email@example.com
About the Book
North Korean radios that are altered to receive only the official
stations. Cars that listen in on their owners'
conversations. Digital video recorders ordered to self-destruct
in viewers' homes thanks to a lawsuit against the manufacturer
thousands of miles away. Jonathan Zittrain's extraordinary book
pieces together the engine that has catapulted the Internet
ecosystem into the prominence it has today and explains that it
is sputtering precisely because of its runaway success. With the
unwitting help of consumers, the Internet is on a path to a
lockdown, a closing off of opportunities and innovation.
Zittrain explains that the Internet and much of what is built on
top of it is "generative" it welcomes change from anyone,
anywhere. The benefits of generativity are innovative output (new
things that improve people's lives), and participatory input (the
opportunity to connect with other people, work with them, and
express oneself). But security issues online, like viruses,
spyware, and invasions of privacy, will see this generative
infrastructure replaced by fashionable "tethered appliances,"
including iPods, iPhones, Xboxes, and TiVos. These devices are
not generative they can't be modified easily by users, even as
they are continuously regulated and controlled by their
makers. Zittrain offers an accessible discussion of the looming
problems of an "appliancized" future and provides a set of
visionary solutions to help stop it.
More at Amazon:
About Jonathan Zittrain
Jonathan Zittrain is the Jack N. & Lillian R. Berkman Visiting
Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law
School, where he co-founded its Berkman Center for Internet &
Society, and the Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at
Praise for the Book
"This book is fundamental. It will define the debate about the future of the
Internet, long after we haven't stopped it. Absolutely required reading."
Lawrence Lessig, Professor, Stanford Law School, Author of *Code and Other
Laws of Cyberspace* and *The Future of Ideas*
"This remarkably researched and highly entertaining book is a must-read.
Zittrain's analysis is first-class and should be widely heeded by
leaders from all sectors of society."
Dr. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman and Founder of the World Economic Forum
"Zittrain provides a compelling account of the changes that have
shaped the Internet and where it is heading. His assessment of
the future of communications, collaboration, and privacy provides
important food for thought for everyone who will shape or be
shaped by the future of this technology."
Brad Smith, General Counsel, Microsoft Corp.
"The most compelling book ever written on why a transformative technology's
trajectory threatens to stifle that technology's greatest promise for
society. Zittrain offers convincing road maps for redeeming that promise."
Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of
Constitutional Law Harvard Law School
"A superb and alarming discussion, from one of the most astute and
forward-looking analysts of the Internet. Zittrain explains how the
glorious promise of the Internet might not be realized and points the way
toward reducing the current risks. Absolutely essential reading."
Cass Sunstein, Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of
Jurisprudence, The University of Chicago Law School, and co-author of *Nudge:
Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness*
You can read more about this event at:
About the Berkman Center
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School is proud to
celebrate its tenth year as a research program founded to explore
cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Running
through the 2007-2008 academic year, the celebration includes an event and
distinguished speaker series; major releases of books by Berkman projects
and people; a culminating conference - "The Future of the Internet" - on May
15-16, 2008; and a gala on May 16.
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