Release 2.1: a Design for Living in the Digital Age

Release 2.1: a Design for Living in the Digital Age

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People all over the world, and the U.S. in particular, are struggling with the enormous business, social, and political implications of the digital age. Those in the technology vanguard want to retain the purity and frontier spirit of cyberspace, while business leaders and entrepreneurs are trying to harness its economic power. Many of us think of the internet as simply a tool for electronic mail, while others see it as a new medium that primarily affects their children. Some worry about threats to their own privacy; others are concerned that criminals may use the new technology to outwit law enforcement. And yet others wonder how requirements for electronic literacy and access to information may affect the gap between haves and have-nots. Many people have discussed the future of the digital age at great length, but, until now, no one has explored the opportunities and trade-offs individuals and governments will face as society moves more fully into the information age.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 142.24 x 205.74 x 27.94mm | 272.15g
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 076790012X
  • 9780767900126
  • 2,317,580

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A provocative and visionary look at our new digital society, from "the most powerful woman in the Net-erati" ("The New York Times Magazine).
Welcome to "Release 2.1, Esther Dyson's fascinating exploration of life in our new digital society. In this provocative and timely book, Dyson--an entrepreneur, high-tech industry analyst, government adviser, and Net expert--examines the impact and implications of cyberspace, challenging us to think intelligently about its effect on every aspect of our private and public lives, from businesses to government to education. Written with an insider's knowledge and ready wit, and filled with anecdotes about the movers and shakers behind the products and politics of the computer industry, "Release 2.1 presents us with a hard-hitting message: With the advent of the Internet, we all have both the opportunity and the obligation to shape the new rules we want to live by.
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"Esther Dyson imposes order on the chaos of cyberspace with magical clarity."
"--The Washington Post"
"Dyson uses her wide knowledge of the expanding digital environment to create a provocative portrait of the social, economic, and cultural changes being wrought by computers and the Internet."
"--The New York Times"
"An important, ambitious book, written in an engaging, conversational tone, that aims to lay a foundation for people coming to grips with the Internet in their lives."
"--The San Jose Mercury News"
"Part intellectual diary of early days of the PC revolution, part 'design for living in the digital age, ' her book is an outsider's inside view of how computers and the Internet have changed--and will yet change--our lives."
" --Newsweek"
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About Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson is chairman of EDventure Holdings, which publishes "Release 1.0, " a respected monthly newsletter, and sponsors the annual PC Forum.She has written articles for the "New York Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Wired, " and the "Washington Post."She lives in New York City."
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