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A History of IP in 50 Objects: Internet

Jonathan Zittrain contributes a chapter to the book A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (June 2019, Cambridge University Press).

"Internet Protocol is the essence of today's global worldwide network, and it's a very different kind of 'IP' than the one this book is about. The Internet Protocol suite is a freely available set of standards for how digital devices and the software running upon them might talk to one another, and the internet exists because the makers of those devices and software, and the networks to which they're connected, have decided to implement those standards. The internet is a collective hallucination that functions because millions of people and companies believe in it."

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