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Release 2.0

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9780767900119: Release 2.0

Welcome to Esther Dyson's provocative and visionary new book, Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age.  In this eagerly anticipated book, Dyson--an entrepreneur, high-tech industry analyst, government adviser, and the "most powerful woman in the Net-erati," according to the New York Times Magazine--presents a fascinating exploration of our new digital society.  She offers a detailed view of the rapidly expanding digital environment and provides a framework that will allow all of us to think intelligently about its effect on every aspect of our private and public lives.

Written with an insider's knowledge and a ready wit, and filled with anecdotes about the movers and shakers behind both products and policy, Release 2.0 provides readers with a full understanding of the new world of cyberspace and shows how it is transforming the way we work and live.  With a perspective at once authoritative and totally accessible, she outlines the choices and questions readers face as active citizens helping to define and shape a new social contract for the digital age.  As Dyson explains, "The Net gives awesome power to individuals--the ability to be heard across the world, the ability to find information.  But with this greater ability to exercise their rights, or abuse them, individuals will need to exercise greater responsibility for their own actions and for the world they are creating."

In Release 2.0, Dyson charts the implications of the Internet for business, government, education, communities, and individuals, and illuminates the fundamental conflicts in the spread of digital communication: conflicts between personal privacy and society's interest in openness, between security and freedom, between commerce and community, between government oversight and personal autonomy, between flourishing creativity and the protection of intellectual property.

As Dyson makes clear, the digital society will bring profound shifts in the balance of power between producers and consumers, governments and citizens, the mass media and their audiences.  Now the challenge, and the opportunity, is for citizens to resolve these conflicts and trade-offs  in their own public and private communities.

Throughout, Dyson's message is prescriptive and proactive: If we want to make the world a better place, with the advent of the Internet we have both the opportunity and the power to shape the new rules we want to live by.  And, to demonstrate, Dyson shares her own short list of rules for being a citizen of the Net--from "Use your judgment," and "Ask questions" to "Be a producer" and "Always make new mistakes"--and invites each of us to create our own rules.

Lively, informative, and always challenging, Release 2.0 will speak to all readers looking to understand and design our new digital society.

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In her first book, respected digerati opinion-maker Esther Dyson looks at computing and the Internet and how they will profoundly change our business and social lives in a fully wired world. The wisdom of Dyson's view is that, while the digital age will be vastly different from the one we know, it will be governed by the same forces that have always shaped social organizations. She has given lots of thought to how those forces will interact with specific new technologies and does a convincing job of predicting the shape of things to come in considerable detail.

Dyson is the founder of the influential PC Forum conference and her company Edventure Holdings publishes the respected Release 1.0 newsletter, from which her book adapts its title. She is also chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a lobbyist organization that seeks to present a pro-Internet voice in Washington.

From the Publisher:

"In Release 2.0, Esther Dyson continues to play a major role in pointing the way to the future where human communication is no longer bound by time, space, and form. What a marvelously thoughtful observer she is."
--Jim Barksdale, Netscape

"Release 2.0 is a cyber tour-de-force! It is rich, provocative, prophetic, and important. It is packed with 10 essays, 18 forecasts, 29 well-honed opinions, and 32 tough, key questions. Plus 51 insights, 70 new web services, and 8 over-the-horizon scenarios for 2004. Policy makers, pundits, and thoughtful citizens, take note: You'll read Release 2.0 at least twice, and refer to it again and again."
--John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

"Release 2.0 is must reading for people who want to understand the Internet's development and potential. Esther Dyson explains--in words that both laypeople and 'techies' will find illuminating--how the Net is a tool to improve our workplaces, schools, and government. Her analysis of Internet governance, content, and privacy is cutting edge and merits a wide readership."
--Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley

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