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Netizens is an ambitious look at the social aspects of computer networking. It examines the present and the turbulent future, and especially it explores the technical and social roots of the Net.—Thomas Truscott, co-developer of Usenet
While working on my own history of the Net, I watched the Haubens' documentation of Net development evolve and grow as they posted it to the Net itself. Now, with a hardcopy version of their work out, the authors have given us a valuable shelf reference to complement their online work.—Katie Hafner, coauthor of Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet
Inspired by the writings of Thomas Paine and Jean Jacques Rousseau, Michael and Ronda Hauben sketch an=out a provocative declaration of Netizen rights in their appendix to this engrossing, well-researched, and very useful book. The Haubens reserve the term Netizen for positive contributors to the Net, the good citizens whose heroic precursors from the 1960s are reicly chronicled in a flowing historical and sociological account that is not to be missed.—Martin Greenberger, Director of the Center for Digital Media, UCLA
PART I. THE PRESENT: WHAT HAS BEEN CREATED AND HOW.
Chapter 1. The Net and Netizens: The Effect the Net Has on People's Lives.
Chapter 2. The Evolution of Usenet: The Poor Man's ARPANET
Chapter 3. The Social Forces Behind the Development of Usenet.
Chapter 4. The World of Usenet.
PART II: THE PAST:WHERE HAS IT ALL COME FROM.
Chapter 5. The Vision of Interactive Computing and the Future.
Chapter 6. Cybernetics, Time-sharing Human-Computer Symbiosis and Online Communities: Creating a Supercommunity of Online Communities.
Chapter 7. Behind the Net: The Untold Story of the ARPANET and Computer Science.
Chapter 8. The Birth and Development of the ARPANET.
Chapter 9. On the Early History and Impact of Unix: Tools to Build the Tools for a New Millennium.
Chapter 10. On the Early Days of Usenet: The Roots of the Cooperative Online Culture.
PART III: AND THE FUTURE?
Chapter 11. The NTIA Conference on the Future of the Net: Creating a Prototype for Democratic Decision-Making Process.
Chapter 12. "Imminent Death of the Net Predicted!"
Chapter 13. The Effect of the Net on the Professional News Media: The Usenet Collective/Man-Computer News Symbiosis.
Chapter 14. The Net and the Future of Politics: The Ascendancy of the Commons.
Chapter 15. Exploring New York City's Online Community: A Snapshot of nyc.general.
PART IV: CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARD DEVELOPING A THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK.
Chapter 16. The Expanding Commonwealth of Learning: Printing and the Net.
Chapter 17. 'Arte': An Economic Perspective: The Role of "Arte" in the Production of Social Wealth.
Chapter 18. The Computer as a Democratizer.
Glossary of Acronyms.