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Overview

In Digital Freedom, N. D. Batra explores the tension between the boundlessness of the Internet and the boundaries of the marketplace, as well as the resulting impact on human expression, privacy, and social controls. This book is an exploration of and a meditation on the question: How much freedom does a person need? This question evokes Tolstoy's parable, "How much land does a man need?" Is individual freedom an acquired taste, much like one's love for symphony orchestra? Or, is it a necessity? Digital Freedom explores this issue and its far-reaching implications-including surveillance, intellectual property, and copyright-from the perspective of an evolutionary, self-organizing social system. This fascinating system both creates and assimilates innovations and, in the process, undergoes reorganization and renewal.

About the Author:
N. D. Batra, is professor of communications at Norwich University

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Editorial Reviews

Vol. 45 No. 6 (February 2008) CHOICE
Recommended.
Susan B. Barnes
Digital Freedom is a breath of fresh air in the debate over the Internet as salvation versus doom. N. D. Batra asks the right questions of the digital age by focusing on what it means to be human in a technology-driven global world. The book is highly accessible to people on all levels including neo-Luddites and Techno-utopians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742555747
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

N. D. Batra, the author of A Self-Renewing Society and The Hour of Television, is professor of communications at Norwich University, where he teaches media law, ethics, television criticism, and new media and the Internet. He also teaches corporate diplomacy in the graduate program in diplomacy at Norwich University and writes a weekly column, Cyber Age, for The Statesman.
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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction     1
Scanning Digital Horizons     13
Changing View of Privacy     43
Surveillance in Cyberspace     77
How the Marketplace Shapes Creativity     123
Free Expression in the Digital Age     155
How Does the Ring of Freedom Sound to You?     203
Notes     219
Index     247
About the Author     265
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