A History of the Internet and the Digital Future Paperback – 1 Feb 2013
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"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)
"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
"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"
"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)
"Both an enormously useful work and a great read. Read it and understand what has made the Internet different."-TimWu, Columbia Law School
About the Author
Johnny Ryan is Senior Researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin, where he leads the Digital Future programme.
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In what may seem a redundant means of upgrading our knowledge of where we all are in the digital age, Ryan elects to open his book with a very detailed history of the birth of the computers, taking us back sixty years to the 1950s discovery of the possibilities of transmitting information and storing it on machines. His journey explains the military's use and polish of the computer, through the concept of dissemination of information over the Internet, to the age of personal use of the computer and all forms of digital transfer of information. This is far too brief a way of describing how Ryan explains the derivation of each term applied to this topic (these definitions alone are worth the investment in this book!Read more ›
From the antecedents of the internet, through the emergence of the world wide web and rise of social networking to present day issues of net neutrality, Google in China and the work of hacktivists Johnny Ryan shows a firm grasp of his material and understands the need to keep the subject accessible, the glossary was really useful.
The digital world tends to attract writers who either evangelise or demonise the web. Ryan does neither. Finally concluding that the freedoms we currently enjoy from the internet are neither fixed or certain, Johnny Ryan has given us an excellent guide to the immediate past with some timely warnings for the future.
Berners-Lee had developed a piece of software called "Enquire" in the 1980s to map relationships between and among the various people, programs, and systems he encountered at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland and the world's largest particle physics laboratory. "Enquire marked the first step in his invention of the World Wide Web."
Ryan explains that there were three phases of the development of the Internet: its emergence (discussed in Chapters 1-4); the maturing of its technologies and culture of networking between and among communities (Chapters 5-9); and finally, he examines "how the defining characteristics of the Internet are now transforming, culture, commerce and politics (Chapters 10-13). Ryan also explains the three characteristics "that have asserted themselves throughout the Internet's history, and will define the digital age in which we must all adjust: the Internet is a centrifugal force, user-driven, and open.Read more ›
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I personally found this book to be absolutely fascinating. Not only will you know a lot more about the history of computers you will understand exactly what it took to reach the stage at which we all became able to go online. There are also some tasty tidbits about amazon.
If I had to pick one book about the Internet, this would be it!
~The Rebecca Review
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A very informative and interesting read. If you want to know how the Internet was developed and evolved then this is a must read.Published on 29 Nov. 2013 by M. O'Connor
Whilst leaning slightly towards tech-heads, the book still manages to tell a surprisingly human story of how we got to the web age. A great read.Published on 4 April 2013 by Jason T. O'Mahony
This book not only sets out the facts and the story behind the internet but it also draws positive conclusions for what this means for future society. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2013 by William Sutherland
Johnny Ryan has managed to gather the respect of millions in this new book A HISTORY OF THE INTERNET AND THE DIGITAL FUTURE: the near mystical aspects of the discovery that has... Read morePublished on 25 July 2011 by Grady Harp
We live in such an exciting age and yet we seem to take the Internet for granted. We visit sites like YouTube, Google, MySpace, Wikipedia, WordPress, Netflix, iTunes, Twitter and... Read morePublished on 25 July 2011 by Rebecca of Amazon
I really enjoyed this book. It satisfied all the requirements I have for a good read. It is extremely well researched but not dull. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2011 by Silicon Sally
An indispensable read for anyone, scholar, expert or beginner, about one of the most important events in human history. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2011 by p IT