Guards of the Garden

The walled garden is one where control over who can edit a device’s apps and operating system is completely decided by the manufacturer. Products that exhibit the Walled Garden Theory include Apple and Microsoft, where content is completely controlled by the parent company. The opposite of this control is exhibited by Firefox and Android phones who give users the code to change whatever they want in the system. An example of this methodology from the required reading by Zittrain is quoted below:

The cable television experience is a walled garden. Should a cable or satellite
company choose to offer a new feature in the lineup called the “Internet channel,” it could decide which Web sites to allow and which to prohibit.

Walled Gardens are neither good nor bad, but can restrict the amount of creativity and innovation exhibited by users. For example, the Apple Store controls all of the apps that are being shown to users, however as written by Gelinas Apple has removed many apps that parents would use to control their child’s online activity. This is problematic as Gelinas outlines below:

“These apps were popular with users since they were seen to address several of the flaws found in Apple’s own parental control solution, “Screen Time.”

Do you think that Walled Gardens stop creativity and why do companies who build walled gardens want complete control? Be sure to leave a comment with your ideas!

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