I’m reading Lawrence Lessig’s The Future of Ideas at the moment. It’s excellent.
After charting the history of the Internet, and especially relating to its ‘open’ nature after the government’s relationship with AT&T, he explains that there are three ‘layers’ to the Internet:
- The Physical layer
- The Code layer
- The Content layer
If all three layers are controlled then this ‘chills’ innovation. I agree.
It made me think about innovation within organizations and I knocked up this table to help clarify my thinking: