Internet Democracy @ BYOB Party in Jan 2020 (Part 5)

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Ralph spoke about The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain. “It’s the ideal book to read in times such as these,” he said. The book which is freely available dissects the technological market which primarily has two business models: generative and non-generative.

“The author has used the word ‘privacy’ 100 times, shut down 6 times, ‘Malaware’ 22 times, ‘Creative Commons’ 20 times, ‘authoritarian’ 4 times and ‘India’ 10 times. We need to understand that the internet was not designed to create a democratic entity but more keeping researchers in mind. Governments were never in the picture when the internet was created. I for one never thought that the internet could shut down. It seemed like something that would go on forever but now the possibility of a shutdown exists- there’s a dystopia for you!”

And with that, we come to the end of the BYOB Party in January 2020.

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