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Overview

Whoever controls technology controls the future. While that prospect stings, it has a bright side. America's preeminence stems from a remarkable intertwining of technology and democracy. The Constitutions set the course. Technology provided the means. As we recognize that technology is about power, physical, economic and political, business is facilitated but principles of liberty and justice may be at risk. This book examines causes and offers remedies to strengthen self-government and restore politics as the public life of a people.

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Drawing on his half-century career as an engineer, science policy adviser to the US government, and social critic, Wenk sets out what he sees as threats to democracy from technological innovation, focusing on those that require a political rather than technological solution. He discusses technology as a social enterprise, information as society's nervous system, the roles of government and industry, survival strategies, and other aspects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

EDWARD WENK, Jr. is Emeritus Professor of Engineering and Public Affairs from the University of Washington at Seattle. He has served as a presidential advisor during three separate presidential administrations and published several books dealing with the technology of politics.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Prologue 1
2 Technology as a Social Enterprise 13
3 Enigmas of a Technological Age 23
4 Unrecognized Roles of Government 47
5 Information - Society's Nervous System 77
6 Survival - To Be Alive and Free 95
7 The Multiple Roles of Industry 119
8 The Politics of Technology and the Technology of Politics 139
9 Survival Strategies: The Social Capacity for Responsive and Accountable Management 155
10 What Will Tomorrow Be Like? 193
Epilogue 213
References 221
Author Index 225
Subject Index 227
About the Author 235
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