The Internet Edge: Social, Technical, and Legal Challenges for a Networked World

Overview

Sometimes when we face change, we feel conflicting forces driving us forward and pulling us back. This place of tension and confusion can be called an "edge." The "Internet edge" is our collective struggle to change as the world becomes more connected. Turmoil at the Internet edge occurs around interacting social, legal, and technological realms. Examples include issues of online privacy, censorship, digital copyright, and untaxed business competition over the Net. Such issues reflect conflicts between values — ...

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Overview

Sometimes when we face change, we feel conflicting forces driving us forward and pulling us back. This place of tension and confusion can be called an "edge." The "Internet edge" is our collective struggle to change as the world becomes more connected. Turmoil at the Internet edge occurs around interacting social, legal, and technological realms. Examples include issues of online privacy, censorship, digital copyright, and untaxed business competition over the Net. Such issues reflect conflicts between values — local and global, individual and corporate, democratic and nondemocratic.This book is an eagle's eye view of the Internet edge. It is about the experiences of those who encountered similar issues as they built precursors to the Net such as videotext,teletext, and the Source. It is about the trends in technology that will make the Net of the next few years a very different experience from the desktop surfing of today. Finally, it is about how old myths of magic, power, and control can help us to understand our fascination with and fear of new technologies.

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What People Are Saying

Vinton G. Cerf
Mark Stefik puts Internet mania into perspective - we're all teetering on the edge of a revolution. I found this a most perceptive and thought-provoking read. You will, too.
—(Vinton G. Cerf, Sr. Vice President for Internet Architecture and Technology, MCI WorldCom)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262692496
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Stefik in an inventor and Research Fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he directs the Information Sciences and Technologies Laboratory.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Internet Edge: Change and Connections 1
2 The Portable Network: Away from the Desktop and into the World 17
3 The Digital Wallet and the Copyright Box: The Coining Arms Race in Trusted Systems 55
4 The Bit and the Pendulum: Balancing the Interests of Stakeholders in Digital Publishing 79
5 Focusing the Light: Making Sense in the Information Explosion 107
6 The Next Knowledge Medium: Networks and Knowledge Ecologies 133
7 The Edge of Chaos: Coping with Rapid Change 163
8 The Digital Keyhole: Privacy Rights and Trusted Systems 197
9 Strangers in the Net: Access, Diversity, and Borders 233
10 Indistinguishable from Magic: The Real, the Magic, and the Virtual 253
Epilogue: The Next Edge and Discovering Ourselves 287
About the Author 291
References 293
Suggestions for Further Reading 299
Credits 311
Index 313
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