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A History of the Internet and the Digital Future


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Johnny Ryan is Senior Researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin, where he leads the Digital Future programme.


"Both an enormously useful work and a great read. Read it and understand what has made the Internet different."-TimWu, Columbia Law School --Tim Wu "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."--Phil Madsen, online politics pioneer (campaign manager of Jesse Ventura, 1998) --Phil Madsen "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" --Jonathan Zittrain "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 --Marc Benioff "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) --Susanne Dirks

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