Ruling the waves: cycles of discovery, chaos, and wealth from compass to the Internet
The high-tech bubble seems to have burst-or has it? Knowing where you are in the business cycle is crucial. Historical perspective helps, and so does keen analysis. Ruling the Waves offers both.
Debora Spar begins the historical context with pirate tales. Jean Lafitte's domination of the seas and Rupert Murdoch's domination of the British airwaves with BskyB have much in common. Tales of the telegraph and radio help you understand the natural evolution of Microsoft, the trials of the codemakers who fought the U.S. government to protect Internet privacy, and the revolutionary rap stars who challenged the record industry. Great stories of quirky pioneers and their roller-coaster rides make this the one book that you need to become an expert on the path of future innovations and the natural development from idea to market in a changing world.
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There were formal limitations on what kinds of encryption could be developed,
even stricter limitations on what could be exported, and a general presumption
that cryptography did not belong in private hands. Or, as one government
spokesperson explained, "Our feeling is that cryptography is like nitroglycerin:
Use it sparingly then put it back under trusted care."' As soon as the private
market for encryption developed, therefore, it quickly ran afoul of these
restrictions and ignited a ...
It was at this point that public key encryption slipped into the second phase of its
evolution, leaving the research laboratories and migrating, loudly and publicly,
toward the commercial sector. Technically, of course, this migration was brilliant,
since it matched twenty years of cutting-edge thought to a perfectly suited
problem. Commercially, it held phenomenal promise. But politically it was tough.
For in the United States, at least, certain uses of public key cryptography —
including some ...
cycles of discovery, chaos, and wealth from compass to the Internet Debora L.
Spar. Development announced the adoption of joint cryptography guidelines59;
in 1998, thirty-three developed countries, including the United States and most of
its allies, jointly agreed to limit the export of encryption software above 64 bits in
length.60 Elsewhere, of course, governments maintain substantially stronger
formal controls: France, for example, controls both exports of encryption products
and the ...
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I found this book highly impressive as to identifying the cycles of business as to new inventions or discoveries or enterprises. It is a must read for anyone studing business at whatever level for it reveals more as to the psychology and human limits than specific business trends. It is applicable today as it shall be 100 years from now. Dr. Spar has done a superb job. It is easy to read and to understand and I have a midl form of autism which makes reading a challenge at times. I highly recommend this book even as historical perspective of the events mentioned in the book.