[Air-L] A History of the Internet and the Digital Future (release date)

johnny ryan johnny.ryan at iiea.com
Sat Sep 11 05:43:27 PDT 2010

Dear Colleagues,

This is a message to announce the Release Date of 'A History of the
Internet and the Digital Future' ...

Release in the UK and Ireland by Reaktion Books on 20 October 2010,
and in the United States by the University of Chicago Press on 15
November 2010.

I am delighted to report that Marc Benioff (Chairman and founder of
Salesforce.com), Prof Tim Wu (Columbia Law School), and Prof Jonathan
Zittrain (Berkman Centre, Harvard Law School) have endorsed the book.
Other endorsements come from Suzanne Dirks (Leader, Global Centre for
Economic Development, IBM Institute for Business Value) and Phil
Madsen (online politics pioneer and manager of the Jesse Ventura
campaign '98).

Read their endorsements at the pre-order link on AMAZON.COM http://t.co/P9sxD1x

This book relies on primary material and first hand interviews and may
be of interest to AIR readers. Here is a little of what to expect in
the book (summary blurb):

A great adjustment in human affairs is underway. Political, commercial
and cultural life is changing from the centralized, hierarchical and
standardized structures of the industrial age to something radically
different: the economy of the emerging digital era.
    A History of the Internet and the Digital Future tells the story
of the development of the Internet from the 1950s to the present, and
examines how the balance of power has shifted between the individual
and the state in the areas of censorship, copyright infringement,
intellectual freedom and terrorism and warfare. Johnny Ryan explains
how the Internet has revolutionized political campaigns; how the
development of the World Wide Web enfranchised a new online population
of assertive, niche consumers; and how the dot-com bust taught smarter
firms to capitalize on the power of digital artisans.
    In the coming years, platforms such as the iPhone and Android rise
or fall depending on their treading the line between proprietary
control and open innovation. The trends of the past may hold out hope
for the record and newspaper industry. From the government-controlled
systems of the ColdWar to today's move towards cloud computing,
user-driven content and the new global commons, this book reveals the
trends that are shaping the businesses, politics, and media of the
digital future.

Johnny Ryan

A History of the Internet and the Digital Future (my next book)
London: Reaktion, 20 September 2010
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 20 November 2010

Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnnyryan1

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