Release 2.1

Release 2.1

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This text takes a look beyond technology to the people who live and work in a technological world, and recognizes the changes technology will make to society and its structures. It explores the conflicts arising between personal privacy and society's interest in openess.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 249.47g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0140266623
  • 9780140266627

Review Text

The Net 'is more than a source of information, it's a way for people to organize themselves'. Dyson, one of the USA's leading digerati, is enthusiastic and constructive about the decentralized nature of the Net and its potential for creating communities of actively involved 'netizens'. She stresses the importance of maintaining 'clean, well-lighted' public spaces, and gives some suggestions for how to limit the damage caused by the antisocial fringe. But her faith in the free market leads to some unresolved conflicts in her thinking. The libertarian techno-optimism of Wired magazine is here expressed in the tone of an intelligent Girl Guide leader, but at least she doesn't try to dazzle us with jargon. (And the illegibility of the diagrams is the publisher's fault.) Explaining what the Net is good for and what the next developments are likely to be, Dyson could set many a technophobe's fears to rest. This would be a good book for cyber-eager kids to give their anxious parents. (Kirkus UK)show more
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