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Civilizing Cyberspace: Policy, Power, and the Information Superhighway

Miller, Steven E.

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ISBN 10: 0768682312 / ISBN 13: 9780768682311
Published by Addison Wesley, Reading, MA, 1996
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Title: Civilizing Cyberspace: Policy, Power, and ...

Publisher: Addison Wesley, Reading, MA

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Issued without a dust jacket

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"Steve Miller has written a readable, thought-provoking guide to the information policy conundrums of the age. He is at his best when he pierces the rhetorical redoubt of deregulation and asks what results we are seeking -- bigger monopolies? broader competition? an information elite? -- from public action. E-mail to policy makers: Read This Book." --Rep. Edward J. Markey, U.S. Congress "Finally, here is a book that clarifies the issues and lets those of us who are not computer jocks -- female or male -- understand what's going on behind the headlines so that we may become part of the decision-making process." --Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founding editor, Ms. Magazine The Information Superhighway explained! This is the book that lets the rest of us finally understand what it is, what impact it will have, and what we can do to shape our own future. What is behind the headline-grabbing mega-mergers of media companies besides speculative grabbing after windfall profits? Will deregulation and competition lead to widespread service, lower costs, and consumer satisfaction or information redlining, higher prices, and teleconglomerate monopoly?Who will benefit and who will be hurt if the United States uses high technology for competitive advantage in the global market? Is the internet a hot bed of pornography and crime, or a tool for learning and democratic power? Miller weaves together business trends, political economy, American history, technological savvy, and an awareness of our everyday needs, to focus on the issues that really matter and to make the choices clear. Readable, comprehensive, and insightful, Civilizing Cyberspace is for nontechnical people as well as computer professionals, concerned citizens as well as official policymakers. Civilizing Cyberspace explains: *how universal service can be achieved while avoiding the creation of information "haves and have nots" *what is necessary to protect privacy and prevent the erosion of free speech and civil liberties *what we can do to protect our standard of living in a multinational economy *how telecommunications can be used to strengthen democracy and community rather than simply as a new method of media manipulation


In Civilizing Cyberspace Steven Miller presents a sweeping view of the many important issues facing society as a result of cybertechnology. But while he writes about technological and philosophical concerns, his writing is free of jargon, making his presentation easily comprehensible to those new to cyberspace. He starts by looking at how past technologies--from the railroads to cable TV--have transformed daily life and then examines computer technology in that light. As he showcases how technology might effect everything from personal privacy to the way we conduct daily business--and even run democratic governance processes--he gives a polite ear both to those who hail technology as a savior and those who rail against it as an enslaver. He then shows how a more moderate path has always prevailed in the past and is likely to again. Although the issues are complex, Miller steps deftly through the interrelated matters of government involvement, business and economic concerns, rights of individuals, and the social aspects of online communities. People who know the territory, such as Vinton Cerf of MCI, Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Jonathan Weber of the Los Angeles Times, help introduce key chapters with their own take on key issues.

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