Writing in an Internet Environment

Jonathan Zittrain

Writing, especially academic writing, has traditionally been a solitary act. Both a text and the ideas within are attributed to a writer, minus anything he or she explicitly demarcates as coming from elsewhere. The Internet not only facilitates the rapid movement of texts and ideas without attribution, it indeed encourages people to work together on ideas and expression. As our digital environment evolves, Professor Jonathan Zittrain considers how should our expectations of students and scholars, and the institutions that accredit them, respond?

This video was a keynote presentation at the 5th International Plagiarism Conference, 2012.