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The internet we know today –home to applications like Facebook, Google, and Wikipedia—has developed in a (more or less) open environment that has invited tinkering from anyone with the time and interest to learn how to speak its language. But now, more than ever, our guests say, it will be up to users to determine how our web—still in its adolescence—will grow up. We’re reaching a turning point: between centralized media and internet-based media—between open systems and locked down systems. It's how we react to new security threats and quickly changing business models that will lay the foundation for the internet of the future.
Below, Jonathan Zittrain gave us an example of the kind of web-wonder that might clog up transmission lines. What would happen if everyone - all at once - went to go watch cheese ripen?