Did someone say FREE?

Free is one of my favorite words. So, you can imagine how excited I was to learn of the “Free Book of the Month” on Fastcase.  Every month, Fastcase hosts a free legal book (oftentimes these are books that have fallen out of copyright) and post the PDF on their website.  

This month’s book is: The Future of the Internet and How To Stop It, by Jonathan Zittrain.

Here is a short description of the book from: futureoftheinternet.org

“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.”

“IPods, iPhones, Xboxes, and TiVos represent the first wave of Internet-centered products that can’t be easily modified by anyone except their vendors or selected partners. These “tethered appliances” have already been used in remarkable but little-known ways: car GPS systems have been reconfigured at the demand of law enforcement to eavesdrop on the occupants at all times, and digital video recorders have been ordered to self-destruct thanks to a lawsuit against the manufacturer thousands of miles away. New Web 2.0 platforms like Google mash-ups and Facebook are rightly touted—but their applications can be similarly monitored and eliminated from a central source. As tethered appliances and applications eclipse the PC, the very nature of the Internet—its “generativity,” or innovative character—is at risk.”

“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.””

The Future of the Internet and How To Stop It (PDF)

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About Erika Wayne

Erika V. Wayne is deputy library director and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. Along with George Wilson, Kate Wilko and Paul Lomio, Erika Wayne has co-taught Advanced Legal Research for 3 years. Erika's interest in Open Access dates back to the 1996 when she helped in the development of the Securities Class Action Clearinghouse -- the first court designated internet site for public posting of securities litigation filings. And, she hates to pay for *anything* that should be free. She has a law degree from Penn and a library degree from Illinois.

3 thoughts on “Did someone say FREE?

  1. And Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports carries this news about Jonathan Zittrain today:

    Zittrain from Oxford to Harvard
    Jonathan Zittrain (intellectual property, Cyberlaw) at Oxford University has accepted a full-time tenured offer from Harvard Law School, where he had been a full-time assistant professor a few years back, and a part-time visiting profesor in recent years.

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