Zittrain have express his concern on how the web based services from the internet have grow more everyday, for one example he mentioned about a web service from Google called Google Maps. As we all are acustomed to use it everyday, we actually can't do anything if Google decided to stop the web service. And this is the same for other web services that we use daily; email. We've been using our devices from PC to iPhone or other mobile phones, and these devices have become merely a dumb terminal, where the actual data & application are located in the server of the web service providers.
Those are just a small portion of the many web services example we can find in the internet. But Zittrain also said good things come from the growing number of web services, most of them are the product from tinkerers who have created most of the Net's innovations. For instance are we-based email, hosting services, instant messaging, social networking and search engines; these all are mostly created by talented individuals rather from leading IT manufacturers. Also with help from Net & those Web 2.0 applications, people around the world took the advantage of internet to set the course of the contents from what previously controlled by the publishing and recod companies. Even internet users have already set many courses of countries political affair, such as one of the latest commotion in Tibet rally of freedom where its informations are fueled by bloggers & internet news.
To sum it all up, Marsan (Network World) has put a nice closing: "it's a call to arms to these folks not to succumb to the ease of iPhones, Blackberries and Google Apps." Read on her full article here, she has covered many interesting short findings about Zittrain phyloshopy in his new book.
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