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Yale Club - Jonathan Zittrain Talk

The Yale Club of Boston kindly invited Oxford & Cambridge Society members to a talk on Tuesday, April 21 at the Union Club (8 Park Street Boston), 6-8pm:


The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It - How Internet Innovation, Participation, and Security Conflict


North Korean radios that receive only official stations. Cars that listen in on owners’ conversations. Digital Video Recorders that self-destruct in viewers’ homes due to court orders. How do these events reflect the Internet’s success and the resulting “future” of the Information Age?


Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Co-Founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, discussed how the Generative nature of the Internet benefits Innovation and Participation but also raises Security issues that could result in “Web Lockdown.” He also discussed how “tethered appliances,” such as iPods, iPhones, and TiVo’s might represent a dark rather than positive outcome of these trends.

A contingent of some 10 Society members attended this stimulating evening.