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To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
by Evgeny Morozov
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Our society is at a crossroads. Smart technology is transforming our world, making many aspects of our lives more convenient, efficient and — in some cases — fun. Better and cheaper sensors can now be embedded in almost everything, and... (read more)

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The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age
The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age
by Astra Taylor
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From a cutting-edge cultural commentator, a bold and brilliant challenge to cherished notions of the Internet as the great leveler of our age The Internet has been hailed as an unprecedented democratizing force, a place where everyone can be heard and... (read more)

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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
by Peter Diamandis
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Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge—this is a book about how we rise to meet it.   We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within... (read more)

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Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet
Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet
by Ronald J. Deibert
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Cyberspace is all around us. We depend on it for everything we do. We have reengineered our business, governance, and social relations around a planetary network unlike any before it. But there are dangers looming, and malign forces are threatening to... (read more)

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Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
by Viktor Mayer-schonberger
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Financial Times Business Book of the Year Finalist “Illuminating and very timely . . . a fascinating — and sometimes alarming — survey of big data’s growing effect on just about everything: business, government, science and... (read more)

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Dealers of Lightning  Xerox Parc and the Dawn of the Computer Age (99 Edition)
Dealers of Lightning Xerox Parc and the Dawn of the Computer Age (99 Edition)
by Michael Hiltzik
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Chapter OneThe Impresario The photograph shows a handsome man in a checked sport shirt, his boyish face half-obscured by a cloud of pipe smoke. Robert W. Taylor looks amused and slightly out of date, his sandy hair longer than one might wear it today but... (read more)

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Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybernetics (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)
Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybernetics (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)
by David A. Mindell
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"In contextualizing the theory of cybernetics, Mindell gives engineering back forgotten parts of its history, and shows how important historical circumstances are to technological change." -- Networker... (read more)

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Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom
Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom
by Rebecca Mackinnon
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The Internet was going to liberate us, but in truth it has not. For every story about the webs empowering role in events such as the Arab Spring, there are many more about the quiet corrosion of civil liberties by companies and governments using the same... (read more)

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Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
by Andy Hertzfeld
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There was a time, not too long ago, when the typewriter and notebook ruled, and the computer as an everyday tool was simply a vision. Revolution in the Valley traces this vision back to its earliest roots: the hallways and backrooms of Apple, where the... (read more)

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Sophistication & Simplicity: The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer
Sophistication & Simplicity: The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer
by Steven Weyhrich
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Despite humble beginnings, today Apple, Inc. enjoys unprecedented popularity and prosperity with its products, routinely selling over a million devices in a single day. It is a major innovator in the computing and consumer landscape, and as shown in this... (read more)

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Myths of Innovation (Rev 10 Edition)
Myths of Innovation (Rev 10 Edition)
by Scott Berkun
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In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers -- and anyone else who talks... (read more)

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Hacking H(app)Iness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking It Can Change the World
Hacking H(app)Iness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking It Can Change the World
by John Havens
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In Hacking Happiness, futurist and contributing Mashable writer John C. Havens introduces you to your “quantified self”—your digital identity represented by gigabytes of data produced from tracking your activities on your smartphone and... (read more)

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The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul
The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul
by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
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The question of our time: can we reclaim our lives in an age that feels busier and more distracting by the day? We've all found ourselves checking email at the dinner table, holding our breath while waiting for Outlook to load, or sitting hunched in... (read more)

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Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
by Kevin Mitnick
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Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies--and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems... (read more)

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The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer
The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer
by Jane Smiley
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From one of our most acclaimed novelists, a David-and-Goliath biography for the digital age. One night in the late 1930s, in a bar on the Illinois-Iowa border, John Vincent Atanasoff, a professor of physics at Iowa State University, after a... (read more)

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The Soul of a New Machine
The Soul of a New Machine
by Tracy Kidder
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Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder indelibly recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one company's efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has changed little, however, is computer culture: the feverish pace of the... (read more)

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Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America
Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America
by Stephen Manes
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Gates reveals the guiding genius behind the unparalleled success of the Microsoft Corporation-- the biggest and most profitable personal computer software company in history-- and exposes the intensely competitive tactics that help it dominate the... (read more)

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Internet and Personal Computing Fads
Internet and Personal Computing Fads
by Mary Ann Bell
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An easy-to-understand guide to often-confusing computer/Internet jargon Internet and Personal Computing Fads is an A-to-Z reference book written in a straightforward style that's informative enough for library use but informal enough for general reading.... (read more)

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The Computer: An Illustrated History from Its Origins to the Present Day
The Computer: An Illustrated History from Its Origins to the Present Day
by Mark Frauenfelder
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From handheld smart phones to vast scientific simulators, computers are integral to our lives and are developing at ever-increasing speed. In The Computer, uber-technogeek Mark Frauenfelder traces the evolution of this vital machine from its earliest... (read more)

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The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society
The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society
by Manuel Castells
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Manuel Castells is one of the world's leading thinkers on the new information age, hailed by The Economist as "the first significant philosopher of cyberspace," and by Christian Science Monitor as "a pioneer who has hacked out a logical, well-documented,... (read more)

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