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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.

About the Author

Johnny Ryan is a senior researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin, 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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Ryan, Johnny
Reaktion Books
World History-General
Computers Reference-History and Society
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