“Recall that the Internet exists in layers—physical, protocol, application, content, social. Thanks to the modularity of the Internet’s design, network and software developers can become experts in one layer without having to know much about the others. Some legal academics have even proposed that regulation might be most efficiently tailored to respect the borders of these layers.” (Zittrain, 2008)
This week Jonathan Zittrain’s text The Future of the Internet—And How to Stop It was an interesting read. Zittrain discusses how in this modern cyberspace we’ve created, an absence of rules (or at least enforcement) has led both to a generative blossoming and to a new round of challenges at multiple layers. He uses Wikipedia to explore this ideology.
Although a successful website, there is quite a large amount of vulnerability present having a website that ANYONE CAN EDIT. Currently among the top ten most popular Web sites in the world, and “the story of Wikipedia’s success and subsequent problems provide clues to solutions for other layers”.
I took the “layers” out of the internet and sorta collaged a whole lot of other things that have layers, including my favourite ogre icon. Enjoy this really tragic meme I made.