2.2.2 The malleable Net … and its implications

One of the central ideas underpinning this course is that the internet is not immutable. It is not hewn out of stone but constructed out of computer software and software can be changed – rewritten, upgraded, modified, patched. So a more productive way of thinking about the future is to ask questions like these:

  • In what ways might the internet change?

  • What are the forces that might lead to changes?

  • What would be the implications of changes in the nature of the Net?

Let's spend a few minutes thinking about these.

2.2.1 Two extreme views

2.2.3 In what ways might the internet change?