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A History of the Internet and the Digital Future

Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan

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246 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2010
Cloth $27.00 ISBN: 9781861897770 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781780231129 Published March 2013 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $13.50 to $19.95 ISBN: 9781861898357 Published September 2010
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. From the government-controlled systems of the Cold War 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.
 
“The WikiLeaks saga may have drawn us into new, and scary, galaxies of cyberspace, but this survey of the online story so far offers a handy catch-up that will prove a boon to geeks and dabblers alike.”—Independent
 
“Contains an unexpected, but most welcome surprise: stories. These stories are what makes this such a wonderful read. . . . The stories and historical references add color and life to the text and help show important cultural connections between today’s digital age and earlier times.”—PopMatters
Phil Madsen, online politics pioneer (campaign manager of Jesse Ventura, 1998)
"Ryan understands the power shift that the Internet is. If you see the Internet as Ryan does, you will understand how Craigslist kills newspapers, how Facebook rises from nothing and why everything is being invented anew."

Susanne Dirks
"Ryan describes a fundamental shift and dispersion of power from traditional centres of power to the networked individual. This is a must-read for both governments and companies who need to fully understand this shift in power and the implications it has on how they interact with the networked individuals who represent their citizens, customers, suppliers."– Susanne Dirks, Leader, Global Centre for Economic Development(IBM Institute for Business Value)

Jonathan Zittrain
"Johnny Ryan has admirably captured the sweep of the Internet’s development from its earliest days, showing us how its profound impact is in part an accident of history, a phenomenon whose most interesting and liberating aspects could fade without reinforcement of its core values."– Jonathan Zittrain, author of The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It

Marc Benioff
"Thanks to the proliferation of cloud services, ubiquitous, low-cost bandwidth, and new devices like smartphones and the iPad, there are fewer obstacles to innovation than ever before. In the next decade, the ‘office’ need not be much more than an Internet connection. Johnny Ryan takes us through the history of the Internet to demonstrate how it has changed everything. But that’s not all; he also identifies what’s to come in the future.We are in a new era of transformation that has been powered by the Internet. Understanding the trends driving this revolution is pivotal to success. Consider this book your road map to getting there."–Marc Benioff, Chairman and ceo of salesforce.com

Tim Wu
"Both an enormously useful work and a great read. Read it and understand what has made the Internet different."–TimWu, Columbia Law School

PopMatters.com
"Amidst the RANDs and ARPANETs, the dates and somewhat dry details, and the numerous footnotes (the book is about as well-researched as any I’ve read), Ryan weaves in stories. These stories are what make this such a wonderful read. . . . Ryan’s stories and analogies serve several functions—first they make the book interesting and accessible. Second, the historical references put the Internet and all its technology into perspective and suggest that while inventions/technologies may change, people and the way people react to these technologies pretty much stay the same. . . . A History of the Internet and the Digital Future is a thoughtful book that is well researched and well written. The stories and historical references add color and life to the text and help show important cultural connections between today’s digital age and earlier times."
Independent

“The WikiLeaks saga may have drawn us into new, and scary, galaxies of cyberspace, but this survey of the online story so far offers a handy catch-up that will prove a boon to geeks and dabblers alike.”

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing

“An engrossing, well-written account of the Internet’s founding and the backstory of the underlying protocols and plumbing, which draws on that rich history to make predictions about the net’s future.”

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

Glossary
References
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
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