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From Anarchy to Power : The Net Comes of Age - Wendy Grossman

From Anarchy to Power

The Net Comes of Age

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2001
ISBN: 9780814731413
Number Of Pages: 238

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Yesterday's battles over internet turf were fought on the net itself: today's battles are fought in government committees, in Congress, on the stock exchange, and in the marketplace. What was once an experimental ground for electronic commerce is now the hottest part of our economic infrastructure.

In From Anarchy to Power, Wendy Grossman explores the new dispensation on the net and tackles the questions that trouble every online user: How vulnerable are the internet and world wide web to malicious cyber hackers? What are the limits of privacy online? How real is internet addiction and to what extent is the news media responsible for this phenomenon? Are women and minorities at a disadvantage in cyberspace? How is the increasing power of big business changing internet culture?

We learn about the political economy of the internet including issues of copyright law, corporate control and cryptography legislation. Throughout the book the emphasis is on the international dimensions of the net, focusing on privacy and censorship in the United States, Europe and Canada and the hitherto ignored contributions of other countries in the development of the net. Entertaining and informative From Anarchy to Power is required reading for anyone who wants to know where the new digital economy is heading.

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"Grossman brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to the material-and a clarity of style and analysis that is a welcome relief from both the hyperbolic prose of many Net boosters and the overwrought jeremiads of cyberphobes."

-Reason

Introductionp. ix
The Internet Gets the Bombp. 1
Selling Communityp. 14
Who Owns the Net?p. 32
The Heart of the Netp. 42
A Thousand Points of Failurep. 59
The Empire Strikes Backp. 67
Free Speech, Not Free Beerp. 80
The Innocent Pleasure of Readingp. 95
The Future of Public Informationp. 117
Falling into the Gapp. 128
Divide by Zerop. 140
The Haunted Goldfish Bowlp. 154
Twenty-first Century Snowp. 177
Acknowledgmentsp. 187
Notesp. 189
Selected Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 219
About the Authorp. 223
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ISBN: 9780814731413
ISBN-10: 0814731414
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st April 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 15.95  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.45

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