A History of the Internet and the Digital Future

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Reaktion Books, Sep 15, 2010 - Computers - 246 pages
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A History of the Internet and the Digital Future tells the story of the development of the Internet from the 1950s to the present and examines how the balance of power has shifted between the individual and the state in the areas of censorship, copyright infringement, intellectual freedom, and terrorism and warfare. Johnny Ryan explains how the Internet has revolutionized political campaigns; how the development of the World Wide Web enfranchised a new online population of assertive, niche consumers; and how the dot-com bust taught smarter firms to capitalize on the power of digital artisans. From the government-controlled systems of the Cold War to today’s move towards cloud computing, user-driven content, and the new global commons, this book reveals the trends that are shaping the businesses, politics, and media of the digital future.  
 

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Contents

The Great Adjustment
7
Phase I Distributed Network Centrifugal Ideas
9
Phase II Expansion
63
Phase III The Emerging Environment
135
Glossary
198
References
201
Bibliography
229
Acknowledgements
234
Index
235
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Johnny Ryan is a senior researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin, where he leads the Digital Future Programme. He has published articles in such publications as OpenDemocracy, Europe’s World, the Irish Times, and NATO Review,and has contributed to BBC World, Reuters, and the Associated Press.

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