Chasing Moore's Law: Information Technology Policy in the United States

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William Aspray
SciTech Pub., 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 322 pages
The book provides an introductory overview to all of the major policy issues in the United States related to information technology. These issues include federal funding of research that helped to create the Internet; telecommunications issues such as regulations about wireless technologies; computer security and homeland defense; governance and the use of the Internet such as spam, viruses, electronic voting, taxation of online commerce, and child pornography; privacy; intellectual property issues such as copyright infringement related to peer-to-peer sharing of music and video files, or trademark infringement through the misuse of domain names ("cybersquatting"); antitrust in the software industry; uneven access to information technology in poor, rural, and minority communities ("Digital Divide"); and visas for foreign workers. Every chapter identifies the main players, the history of legislation and court cases in this area, and describes recent events.
Accessible and interesting to both policy people and technical computing people, as well as to any computer user or IT worker who wanted a general understanding of these issues.
The book will help policy people, most of whom are generalists, to understand the basic issues of IT policy. The book will also help IT professionals to understand the process by which their technology is politically controlled.

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About the author (2004)

William Aspray is a professor of informatics at Indiana University in Bloomingto, where he studies the historical, political, social, and economic aspects of information technology. He has a doctorate in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served as a senior administrator at the Charles Babbage Institute for the History of Information Processing, and was the head of the Computing Research Association.

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