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Hailed as "the most powerful woman in the Net-erati," Esther Dyson has acted as an entrepreneur, analyst, and adviser to corporations and governments at the forefront of information technology for more than 20 years. A bold and brilliant pioneer in cyberspace, she possesses a keen awareness of the impact and implications of the digital world on all aspects of daily life. In her breakthrough book, Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age, Dyson offers a visionary and provocative view of our impending future — even as she explores the choices we all must face as active members in an increasingly interactive society.
For years, Esther Dyson has been editing, writing, and publishing her influential industry newsletter, Release 1.0, which is read by media leaders all over the world. In this new book, Dyson takes a step back to share her ideas with a much broader audience. Taking its title from a software industry term for the version of a product released after the first version has been thoroughly revised, as well as from the title of her newsletter, Release 2.0 reveals an insider's understanding of how the Internet world will work and how we can work within it. But readers will not be daunted by the high-tech language — in Dyson's own words, "[It's] a book about the highway system for people who don't drive. They may not be on the highways, but they still should want to know how they work, where they go, how much they cost (in taxes, and otherwise), how they influence how people live their lives."
Calling attention to themyriadopportunities, trade-offs, and potential dangers throughout the digital landscape, Release 2.0 empowers and challenges readers to devise practical solutions to the issues we face. With an eye on causes for both concern and celebration, Dyson considers issues that affect us all: work, education, content control, security, and intellectual property. Above all, Release 2.0 provides a promising road map of our digital future; the Net, Dyson maintains, has untold power to celebrate human nature, creativity, and diversity — if we do it right.