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E' giunta in redazione la notizia dell'uscita nelle librerie americane del Volume " The Control Revolution" scritto dallo studioso americano Andrew Shapiro attualmente insegnante alla Columbia University ed attivo propositore in rete di interessantissimi contributi sul tema della politica dell'Information Technology e delle problematiche connesse alla necessità di "normare" il cyberspazio.
Ci auguriamo che presto il libro sia edito in Italaliano data l'importanza dei suoi contenuti.
Riportiamo di seguito la presentazione tratta dal sito del libro la cui URL è: <http://www.controlrevolution.com/>.
"In this masterful exploration of the Internet, journalist and legal scholar Andrew Shapiro looks closely at events that are occurring all around us: Dissidents evade censorship to get their message out. Cyber-gossips send dispatches to thousands via email. Musicians bypass record companies and put their songs on the world wide web for fans to download directly. "Day traders" roil the stock market, buying securities online with the click of a mouse and then sell minutes later when the price jumps. Shapiro argues that there is a common thread underlying these developments. It is not just a change in how we compute or communicate. Rather, it is a potentially radical shift in who is in control--of information, experience, and resources. With a mix of anecdote and analysis, Shapiro explains how:
Along the way, The Control Revolution explores cyberporn and censorship, customized news delivery, electronic commerce, online democracy, Microsofts market power, encryption and law enforcement, copyright in the digital age, virtual communities, Matt Drudge, privacy, and the role of interactive technology in struggles against political tyranny. The result is a penetrating exploration of how the Internet shapes our lives--often more than we realize--and how the question of who is in control will determine its influence all the more."
- new technology is allowing individuals to take power from large institutions such as government, corporations, and the media;
- powerful entities are trying to limit our new digitally enabled autonomy;
- individual control can be pushed too far, threatening democratic values; and
- we can reap the benefits of the new control without succumbing either to resistance or to excess.