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The Internet and Society

The Internet and Society

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In the Spring of 1996, hundreds of international leaders in business, law, government, and education gathered at Harvard University to discuss the growing and future impact of the Internet: one of the most potent technological innovations of this century. This volume, which includes the writings, discussion transcripts, and computer demonstrations from this ground-breaking forum, provides an expert assessment of the impact of this rapidly changing technology on business, government, media, and education for the next decade and into the new millennium.

CEOs and leaders of Microsoft, Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems, and Digital Equipment Corporation join dozens of business leaders in providing both first-hand accounts of current revolutionary changes in the computer industry, as well as their attending influence on the future of the organization, its workers, its customer relations, and the creation and ownership of products themselves. While these pieces serve as an excellent source for understanding today's hottest Internet technologies, they also explore the important issues regarding precisely what is at stake for a society with greater and growing ties to cyberspace.

Topics in this timely collection include privacy and security, property rights, censorship, telecommunications regulation, and the global impact of emerging Internet technologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674459328
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Series: O'Reilly and Associates Series
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 6.99(w) x 9.13(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

O'Reilly & Associates publishes definitive technical books on the Internet, UNIX, and programming; Win32 software for the World Wide Web, including WebSite Professional, WebBoard, and PolyForm; and market research on the Internet.

H. T. Kung is Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Harvard University Division of Applied Sciences.

Table of Contents

H. T. Kung, Harvard University

Special Address
Neil L. Rudenstine, Harvard University

Keynote Addresses
Larry Tesler, Apple Computer, Inc.
Bill Gates, Microsoft Corporation Diana Lady Dougan, Global Information Infrastructure Commission Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Steven McGeady, Intel Corporation Enrico Pestori, Digital Equipment Corporation


The Next-Generation Internet

The Wireless Internet


Global and Long-Term Impact of ATM

Security and Encryption on the Net

Library & Publishing

Opening the Gate: Increasing Content of the Internet

The Public Library Online


The Internet in the Classroom

The Market for Educational Applications of the Internet

Health Care

AIDS and the Internet: Networks of Knowledge and Infection

Transforming Medicine and Health

Universal Access

Press & Politics

Universal Access

Life and Politics on the Net

Press and the New Media

Public Policy

The Government's Role in the Development of the Internet

The Paradigm of Interoperability: Standards-Setting for the Internet

Institutional Structure for the Internet: Who Will Control It?

The Place of the Internet in National and Global Information Infrastructure


Intellectual Property Online

Content Control on the Internet

Digital Convergence and Vertical Integration


Customer Relationships: What Happens to Brands?

The New Economics: How Will Value Be Created and Extracted?

Community and Market Formation: Where Will Business Occur?


Who Owns the Internet?

Cultural Imperialism on the Net

New Organizational Forms

Wrap-Up Session

Name Index

Subject Index

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