Author claims BlackBerry is ruining the internet

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Sad faceJonathan 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?

  • RAR

    Oh give me a break. Didn’t the internet arise out of DARPAnet and similar connections between universities, government, and the US military? It was never the altruistic “for the masses” collaborative system that seems to be wished for here. Admittedly I haven’t read more than the article posted here, nor am I familiar with Zittrain’s work but somewhere all that collaboration needs to be paid for whether it’s directly from a research program or simply by paying someone enough in their regular job to have the spare time to devote to it. Somewhere the developers and most certainly those who take the idea to the masses need to have their efforts supported and funded. In our world this is either from government subsidy or because a someone what’s to take the risk and hopes to profit from it. Proprietary systems are done to protect that developer.

    And fundamentally these systems are complex, they just have (hopefully) simple user interfaces – you’ll always need experts to maintain them so there will inherently be a two tiered (or multi-tiered) system just as there was at the beginning of the internet.

  • RAR

    Oh give me a break. Didn’t the internet arise out of DARPAnet and similar connections between universities, government, and the US military? It was never the altruistic “for the masses” collaborative system that seems to be wished for here. Admittedly I haven’t read more than the article posted here, nor am I familiar with Zittrain’s work but somewhere all that collaboration needs to be paid for whether it’s directly from a research program or simply by paying someone enough in their regular job to have the spare time to devote to it. Somewhere the developers and most certainly those who take the idea to the masses need to have their efforts supported and funded. In our world this is either from government subsidy or because a someone what’s to take the risk and hopes to profit from it. Proprietary systems are done to protect that developer.

    And fundamentally these systems are complex, they just have (hopefully) simple user interfaces – you’ll always need experts to maintain them so there will inherently be a two tiered (or multi-tiered) system just as there was at the beginning of the internet.