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A History of the Internet and the Digital Future

A History of the Internet and the Digital Future

by Johnny Ryan


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ISBN-13: 9781861897770
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 09/15/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Johnny Ryan is senior researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin, Ireland, where he leads the Digital Future Programme. He has published articles in such publications as OpenDemocracy, Europe’s World, the Irish Times, and NATO Review, and has contributed to BBC World, Reuters, and the Associated Press.


Table of Contents

Preface: The Great Adjustment

Phase I: Distributed Network, Centrifugal Ideas
1    A Concept Born in the Shadow of the Nuke
2    The Military Experiment
3    The Essence of the Internet
4    Computers Become Cheap, Fast and Common
Phase II: Expansion
5    The Hoi Polloi Connect
6    Communities Based on Interest, not Proximity
7    From Military Networks to the Global Internet
8    The Web!
9    A Platform for Trade and the Pitfalls of the Dot-com
Phase III: The Emerging Environment
10  Web 2.0 and the Return to the Oral Tradition
11  New Audiences, the Fourth Wall and Extruded Media
12  Two-way Politics
13  Promise and Peril

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