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Netizens looks at the creation and development of theparticipatory global computer network: The Internet. Michael andRonda Hauben conducted research online to find out what makes theinternet "tick" resulting in this fascinating examination of thepioneering vision and actions that have helped make the Netpossible. Netizens is a detailed description of the Net'sconstruction and a step-by-step view of the past, present, andfuture of Usenet and the Internet.

The book gives you the needed perspective to understand how theNet can impact the present and the future of our society.
Netizens answers these questions:

  • What is the vision that inspired or guided these people at eachstep?
  • What was the technical or social problem or need that they weretrying to solve?
  • What can be done to help nourish the future extension anddevelopment of the Net?
  • How can the Net be made available to a broader set ofpeople?
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A history of the Net waxing nostalgic about the "pioneering vision" of its first progenitors and anticipating the future of "Netizens" (people who use the Net and are involved in its development). The Hauben co-authors, computer science instructors and netizens since the 1980s, did on-line research to describe the vision that guided people during each stage of the Net's growth, the technical or social problems people were trying to solve, the anticipated extension of Net history, and a framework for making the Net available to a broader set of people. Includes photographs of Net shakers and movers before the term "computer nerd" became cool. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780818677069
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/11/1997
  • Series: Perspectives Series , #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 361
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hauben has participated in online communities since theearly 1980s. He has worked at the University of Detroit/Mercy andColumbia University helping people use and understand computers. Heis a graduate of Columbia University with a BA in Computer Science.Through his pioneering interactive online research, Michael coinedand introduced the tern "Netizen" into popular use. He is now agraduate student at Teachers College of Columbia Universitystudying computer mediated communication. Having given the AmateurComputerist newsletter its name, he continues to contributearticles on a regular basis. He has appeared in documentaries aboutthe internet on TV Tokyo, and has been frequently consulted tocomment on the growing importance of this new democratic medium. Hehas given talks in the United States, Japan and Canada about thesocial significance and history of the internet. He is a member ofthe ACM, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society. He enjoys listening anddancing to electronic music, working with children and helpingpeople to communicate. Michael is the host of the NetizensCyberstop World Wide Web page.

Ronda Hauben has her BA from Queens College and her MA from TuftsUniversity. She has taught at Stillman College in Alabama andWheelock College in Massachusetts. Most recently she taughtintroductory Unix, email and internet classes at ColumbiaUniversity. Part of the online community since 1988, she has helpedto pioneer online research, and her work has benefited from thecomments and contributions of the online community. In January1994, some of this work was collected in the online anthology "TheNetizens and the Wonderful World of the Net: On the History andImpact of Usenet and the Internet". Articles she has written haveappeared in the Amateur Computerist, the Linux Journal, theProceedings of Telecommunities '95, Internet Secrets, READNE, andother publications. She has presented talks to community,university and professional audiences. Her papers have beenpresented internationally at conferences in Canada and in Ireland,as well as in the USA. She lives in New York City and enjoysparticipating in Usenet, studying history and going to the theater.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Introduction.

PART I. THE PRESENT: WHAT HAS BEEN CREATED AND HOW.

Chapter 1. The Net and Netizens: The Effect the Net Has on People'sLives.

Chapter 2. The Evolution of Usenet: The Poor Man's ARPANET

Chapter 3. The Social Forces Behind the Development ofUsenet.

Chapter 4. The World of Usenet.

PART II: THE PAST:WHERE HAS IT ALL COME FROM.

Chapter 5. The Vision of Interactive Computing and theFuture.

Chapter 6. Cybernetics, Time-sharing Human-Computer Symbiosis andOnline Communities: Creating a Supercommunity of OnlineCommunities.

Chapter 7. Behind the Net: The Untold Story of the ARPANET andComputer Science.

Chapter 8. The Birth and Development of the ARPANET.

Chapter 9. On the Early History and Impact of Unix: Tools to Buildthe Tools for a New Millennium.

Chapter 10. On the Early Days of Usenet: The Roots of theCooperative Online Culture.

PART III: AND THE FUTURE?

Chapter 11. The NTIA Conference on the Future of the Net: Creatinga 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 ofthe Commons.

Chapter 15. Exploring New York City's Online Community: A Snapshotof nyc.general.

PART IV: CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARD DEVELOPING A THEORETICALFRAMEWORK.

Chapter 16. The Expanding Commonwealth of Learning: Printing andthe Net.

Chapter 17. 'Arte': An Economic Perspective: The Role of "Arte" inthe Production of Social Wealth.

Chapter 18. The Computer as a Democratizer.

Glossary of Acronyms.

References.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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