A History of the Internet and the Digital Future

A History of the Internet and the Digital Future

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by Johnny Ryan
     
 

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

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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. From the government-controlled systems of the Cold War 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.
 
“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.”—Independent
 
“Contains an unexpected, but most welcome surprise: stories. These stories are what makes this such a wonderful read. . . . The stories and historical references add color and life to the text and help show important cultural connections between today’s digital age and earlier times.”—PopMatters

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861897770
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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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