Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Diminished Role for Academia in the Future of the Internet

In a recent interview in the Chronicle for Higher Education, Jonathon Zittrain, author, of The Future of the Internet--and How to Stop It, commented on higher education and the Internet.

Andrea Foster, interviewer for the Chronicle asked, "Higher education helped shape the Internet. What is its role now?

Zittrain, replied,
"Sadly, a diminished one. It's to academia's enduring disappointment that Wikipedia had to be invented by a [private entrepreneur] named Jimbo. So many projects by universities and libraries are about knowledge and information online, and they just couldn't get Wikipedia going, or anything like it. I don't see academia rising to the challenge and trying to figure out how this wonderful network can meet its goals of bringing information to the world."

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