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

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

by Mark J. Stefik
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262692496
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

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)
Robert Kahn
The Internet Edge provides a panoramic compendium of issues and recent developments in crafting the Internet for real applications. While a major focus of the book is 'content-related' applications and the technology to support them, the implications for electronic commerce, more broadly, are clearly visible. This is a very readable treatise by a well-known and insightful practitioner in the field

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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