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

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Basic Books, 2009 - Business & Economics - 304 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

Title Page
THE WEIRD
CONVERGENCE When Worlds Collide
PERSONAL INFORMATION From Privacy to Propriety
HUMAN RIGHTS Social Contracts in Digital Life
INFRASTRUCTURE Rules of the Road on the Information
BUSINESS All Regulation Is Local
CRIME Public Wrongs Private Remedies
COPYRIGHT Reset the Balance
PATENT Virtual Machines Need Virtual Lubricants
SOFTWARE Open Always Wins Eventually
CONCLUSION
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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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