I'm an old digital native. I've learned to tinker with computers that encourage "hacking" like the Apple II. It shipped with a disassembler, electronic schematics, 8 expansion slots. You did not need a screwdriver to open the lid.
Compare this with today's smartphones, with a centralized AppStore on which one company has total control. This discourages tinkering.
How will the next generation of digital natives learn to tinker if all they have is closed ecosystems?
Mozilla is working on this with the Open Web through two separate initiatives:
* Webmaker.org is a set of tools and events to encourage ordinary people to have a look under the hood of technology.
* Firefox OS aims to ship HTML5-powered smartphones that can run Web applications like other smartphones run native apps.