Jonathan Zittrain, recent author of “The Future of the Internet”, has attacked closed internet-enabled platforms (such as Xbox, the iPhone and BlackBerry) for stunting the collaborative forces which got the internet going in the first place.
“The challenge to the technologists is to build technologies to let people of good faith help without having to devote their lives to it. … I don’t want to see a two-tier world where only the experts can survive … and the non-experts are stuck between something they don’t understand and something that limits them.”
There are certainly some people who take issue with the way BlackBerry development goes now… What do you guys think? Are the big names shooting themselves in the foot by creating such a high barrier for entry and potentially limiting broader collaboration?