The publication of the book “The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It” by Jonathan Zittrain opened up an important discussion about the form that the Internet might be adopting as a social and political phenomenon. At about the same of publication the article “Ubiquitous Human Computing” appeared in the Journal Philosophical Transactions A of the Royal Society. Here Zittrain explores some special issues in greater detail.
Zittrain appeals both to technologists and social scientists. It is packed with extremely relevant information, insights and examples. Zittrain makes the case that we are experiencing the advent of “ubiquitous human computing”. The explanation is that computing devices and active sensors are so common and interconnected that the person itself becomes a part of the network, albeit not always by choice.