A History of the Internet and the Digital Future

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Overview

A great adjustment in human affairs is underway. Political, commercial and cultural life is changing from the centralized, hierarchical and standardized structures of the industrial age to something radically different: the economy of the emerging digital era.

A History of the Internet and the Digital Future tells the story of the development of the Internet from the 1950s to the present, and examines how the balance of power has shifted between the individual and the state in the areas of censorship, copyright infringement, intellectual freedom and terrorism and warfare. Johnny Ryan explains how the Internet has revolutionized political campaigns; how the development of the World Wide Web enfranchised a new online population of assertive, niche consumers; and how the dot-com bust taught smarter firms to capitalize on the power of digital artisans.

In the coming years, platforms such as the iPhone and Android rise or fall depending on their treading the line between proprietary control and open innovation. The trends of the past may hold out hope for the record and newspaper industry. From the government-controlled systems of the ColdWar to today’s move towards cloud computing, user-driven content and the new global commons, this book reveals the trends that are shaping the businesses, politics, and media of the digital future.

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Editorial Reviews

Phil Madsen
"Ryan understands the power shift that the Internet is. If you see the Internet as Ryan does, you will understand how Craigslist kills newspapers, how Facebook rises from nothing and why everything is being invented anew."
Susanne Dirks

"Ryan describes a fundamental shift and dispersion of power from traditional centres of power to the networked individual. This is a must-read for both governments and companies who need to fully understand this shift in power and the implications it has on how they interact with the networked individuals who represent their citizens, customers, suppliers."– Susanne Dirks, Leader, Global Centre for Economic Development(IBM Institute for Business Value)
Jonathan Zittrain

"Johnny Ryan has admirably captured the sweep of the Internet’s development from its earliest days, showing us how its profound impact is in part an accident of history, a phenomenon whose most interesting and liberating aspects could fade without reinforcement of its core values."– Jonathan Zittrain, author of The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It
Marc Benioff
"Thanks to the proliferation of cloud services, ubiquitous, low-cost bandwidth, and new devices like smartphones and the iPad, there are fewer obstacles to innovation than ever before. In the next decade, the ‘office’ need not be much more than an Internet connection. Johnny Ryan takes us through the history of the Internet to demonstrate how it has changed everything. But that’s not all; he also identifies what’s to come in the future.We are in a new era of transformation that has been powered by the Internet. Understanding the trends driving this revolution is pivotal to success. Consider this book your road map to getting there."–Marc Benioff, Chairman and ceo of salesforce.com
Tim Wu
"Both an enormously useful work and a great read. Read it and understand what has made the Internet different."–TimWu, Columbia Law School
PopMatters.com
"Amidst the RANDs and ARPANETs, the dates and somewhat dry details, and the numerous footnotes (the book is about as well-researched as any I’ve read), Ryan weaves in stories. These stories are what make this such a wonderful read. . . . Ryan’s stories and analogies serve several functions—first they make the book interesting and accessible. Second, the historical references put the Internet and all its technology into perspective and suggest that while inventions/technologies may change, people and the way people react to these technologies pretty much stay the same. . . . A History of the Internet and the Digital Future is a thoughtful book that is well researched and well written. The stories and historical references add color and life to the text and help show important cultural connections between today’s digital age and earlier times."
Independent

“The WikiLeaks saga may have drawn us into new, and scary, galaxies of cyberspace, but this survey of the online story so far offers a handy catch-up that will prove a boon to geeks and dabblers alike.”
Boing Boing
An engrossing, well-written account of the Internet’s founding and the backstory of the underlying protocols and plumbing, which draws on that rich history to make predictions about the net’s future.”

— Cory Doctorow

Boing Boing - Cory Doctorow
“An engrossing, well-written account of the Internet’s founding and the backstory of the underlying protocols and plumbing, which draws on that rich history to make predictions about the net’s future.”
Phil Madsen
"Ryan understands the power shift that the Internet is. If you see the Internet as Ryan does, you will understand how Craigslist kills newspapers, how Facebook rises from nothing and why everything is being invented anew."—Phil Madsen, online politics pioneer (campaign manager of Jesse Ventura, 1998)
Susanne Dirks

"Ryan describes a fundamental shift and dispersion of power from traditional centres of power to the networked individual. This is a must-read for both governments and companies who need to fully understand this shift in power and the implications it has on how they interact with the networked individuals who represent their citizens, customers, suppliers."– Susanne Dirks, Leader, Global Centre for Economic Development(IBM Institute for Business Value)

Jonathan Zittrain

"Johnny Ryan has admirably captured the sweep of the Internet’s development from its earliest days, showing us how its profound impact is in part an accident of history, a phenomenon whose most interesting and liberating aspects could fade without reinforcement of its core values."– Jonathan Zittrain, author of The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It

Marc Benioff
"Thanks to the proliferation of cloud services, ubiquitous, low-cost bandwidth, and new devices like smartphones and the iPad, there are fewer obstacles to innovation than ever before. In the next decade, the ‘office’ need not be much more than an Internet connection. Johnny Ryan takes us through the history of the Internet to demonstrate how it has changed everything. But that’s not all; he also identifies what’s to come in the future.We are in a new era of transformation that has been powered by the Internet. Understanding the trends driving this revolution is pivotal to success. Consider this book your road map to getting there."–Marc Benioff, Chairman and ceo of salesforce.com
Tim Wu
"Both an enormously useful work and a great read. Read it and understand what has made the Internet different."–TimWu, Columbia Law School
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861897770
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,309,741
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Johnny Ryan is senior researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin, Ireland, where he leads the Digital Future Programme. He has published articles in such publications as OpenDemocracy, Europe’s World, the Irish Times, and NATO Review, and has contributed to BBC World, Reuters, and the Associated Press.

 

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Great Adjustment 7

Phase I: Distributed Network, Centrifugal Ideas

1 A Concept Born In The Shadow Of The Nuke 11

2 The Military Experiment 23

3 The Essence Of The Internet 31

4 Computers Become Cheap, Fast And Common 45

Phase II: Expansion

5 The Hoi Polloi Connect 65

6 Communities Based On Interest, Not Proximity 74

7 From Military Networks To The Global Internet 88

8 The Web! 105

9 A Platform For Trade And The Pitfalls Of The Dot-Com 120

Phase III: The Emerging Environment

10 Web 2.0 And The Return To The Oral Tradition 137

11 New Audiences, The Fourth Wall And Extruded Media 151

12 Two-Way Politics 164

13 Promise And Peril 178

Glossary 198

References 201

Select Bibliography 229

Acknowledgements 234

Index 235

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