The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces That Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, 2009 - Business & Economics - 298 pages
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While digital life races ahead, the rest of our life, from law to business, struggles to keep up. Business strategists, lawyers, judges, regulators, and consumers have all been left behind, scratching their heads, frantically trying to figure out what they can and can't do. Some want to bring innovation to a standstill (or at least to slow it down) through lawsuits and regulation so they can catch their breath. Others forge madly ahead, legal consequences be damned.

In The Laws of Disruption, Larry Downes, author of the best-selling Unleashing the Killer App, provides an invaluable guide for these confusing times, exploring nine critical areas in which technology is dramatically rewriting the rules of business and life.

The Laws of Disruption will help business owners and managers understand not only how to avoid being blindsided by customer rebellion, but also how to benefit from it. It will teach lawyers, judges, and regulators when to keep their hands off the system and it will show consumers the consequences of their digital actions.

In the gap created by the Law of Disruption, golden opportunities await those who move quickly.
  

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Contents

KILLER APPS IN THE MIDDLE AGES
THE THREE LAWS OF DIGITAL LIFE
AT THE ACCIDENTPRONE INTERSECTION OF INNOVATION AND LAW
HEROES
THE FIVE PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION ECONOMICS
THE PROBLEM OF TRANSACTION COSTS
THE LIMITS OF ANALOGY
WHEN NETWORKS CONVERGE
POSITIVE USES OF ANTICOMPETITION LAWS
PROSECUTORIAL INDISCRETION
THE RISE OF COMPUTER CRIME
CRIMES AGAINST INFORMATION
WHO STEALS MY PURSE
ATTACK OF THE ZOMBIES
SPAM SPAM SPAM
AN ARMS RACE TO THE BOTTOM

DIGITAL VICE
ANTISOCIAL NETWORKING
A MULTIMILLIONDOLLAR PHONE BOOK
PRIVATE FROM WHOM?
PRIVACY VERSUS TECHNOLOGY
WHO CARES?
THE RISE OF THE PRIVACY MARKET
UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM
NETIZEN KANE
WHERE SPEECH IS REALLY FREE
SEARCHING BITS SEIZING INFORMATION
SOCIAL CONTRACTS IN DIGITAL LIFE
THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN
CURE FOR THE COMMON CARRIER
AGAINST INTERNET FREEDOM
LAWS OF GENERAL APPLICABILITY
ROCKS AND SHOALS
TRUST AND ANTITRUST
CONTINUED INTERFERENCE
INFORMATION CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
A YAWNING CHASM
AN ENLIGHTENED VIEW OF COPYRIGHT
RESETTING THE BALANCE
LIFE AND DEATH AT THE PATENT OFFICE
THE STRATEGY OF PATENTS
PATENT REFORM PENDING
POOLS AND TROLLS
THE MIRACULOUS BIRTH AND UNHAPPY SHORT LIFE OF BUSINESS PATENTS
THE NINE LIVES OF A LAWSUIT
THE CONTU CALAMITY
THE PATH TO OPEN SOURCE
OPEN ALWAYS WINS
LICENSE TO INNOVATE
POLICYMAKERS
BUSINESS LEADERS
INDIVIDUALS
LESSONS LEARNED
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About the author (2009)

Larry Downes is a noted expert on information technology, strategy, and law. He is a partner with the Bell-Mason Group, a consulting firm focused on corporate innovation and venturing, and is a nonresident fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society. He has written for a variety of publications including the Harvard Business Review and USA Today. He lives in Kensington, California.

 

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