Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Web Runs on Kindness

In this TED Talk Jonathan Zittrain provides a humorous and informative talk about how the Internet works. Zittrain's premise is the Internet relies on random acts of kindness by "geeky strangers." In the talk, Zittrain compares the passing of data packets through the Internet to the passing of a beer from one person to the next at a baseball game. Zittrain also points to Craigslist's ride share board and Couch Surfing as examples of kindness on the Internet. The video is embedded below, but I encourage you to also visit the TED page that this video came from to read the discussion that follows in the comments.

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