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NYC LOCAL: Friday 11 April 2008 Launch Party for Jonathan Zittrain's Boo

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Friday 11 April 2008 Launch Party for Jonathan Zittrain's Book on Keeping Our Net Free
Date: 10 Apr 2008 11:12:21 -0400

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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 ( for a discussion featuring Professor Jonathan
 Zittrain previewing his forthcoming book, *The Future of the Internet and
 How To Stop It*


 Friday, April 11
 5:00-6:30 p.m.
 6:30pm onward

 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

 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
 Oxford University.

 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*

 *More Information

 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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