The Bushism, “Internets”, might no longer be a joke, and have its revenge. The single, global internet network, The Economist, warns, is under pressure from both the wrong and right kinds of competition.
Should the network become a collection of proprietary islands accessed by devices controlled remotely by their vendors, the internet would lose much of its “generativity”
, warns Harvard’s Mr Zittrain. Innovation would slow down and the next Amazon, Google or Facebook could simply be, well, Amazon, Google or Facebook.