The man who coined the term “net neutrality” now says that Apple’s the company that most endangers the freedom of the Internet. Columbia law professor Tim Wu in an interview with the New York Times says that he expects that danger to outlive Steve Jobs’ tenure at Apple.
Here’s an excerpt:
Which companies do you fear the most?
Right now, I’d have to say Apple.
What worries you about Apple?
As I discuss in the book, Steve Jobs has the charisma, vision and instincts of every great information emperor. The man who helped create the personal computer 40 years ago is probably the leading candidate to help exterminate it. His vision has an undeniable appeal, but he wants too much control.
Finally, he says that he doesn’t expect Apple to change its desire to control the Internet, even when Jobs leaves.
Do you think that will apply to Apple?
But who will take over it from Steve Jobs?
I think it mayn’t matter. I think the mark of Steve Jobs is firmly placed on that firm, that it will continue to be him long after he passes from leadership.