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"This is a very ambitious book, more an encyclopedia of the Internet than anything else. It is filled with valuable information not collected in any one place before and very up to date. The style is clear and accessible; the organization is logical. It is generally well documented." -- Lewis M. Branscomb, Principal Investigator, Harvard Information Infrastructure Project, Harvard University

In NetPolicy.Com, Leslie David Simon offers a panoramic view of the Internet's cyclonic effects on national and global institutions, ranging from government and finance to health care, education and industry. To cope with this digital revolution, the author provides a comprehensive prescription for crucial public policy needs. Beginning with the worldwide struggle between government control and private sector leadership of the Net, he looks at the basic properties of the Net: its disregard of national boundaries; its virtual nature; and its impacts on the global economy, democracy, money, power, ecology, and culture. The book asks how we can encourage the healthy growth of the Net and avoid its darker side effects. Examining the current approaches of numerous governments and international organizations, NetPolicy.Com covers such critical issues as privacy, free expression, access, international trade, security, taxation, telecommunications regulation, legal frameworks, and government research.

NetPolicy.Com takes a non-ideological view, examining each issue on its own merits, sometimes accepting government involvement, as with advanced research, and sometimes favoring private sector control, as in the book's call for an end to telecommunications regulation or its opposition to government censorship. Above all, the book asserts that the unique American embrace of free expression, open markets, and private initiative will keep the U.S. in the vanguard of cyberspace, provided the private sector acts responsibly. Closed, non-democratic societies, the author asserts, will fall ever further behind, economically, politically, and culturally.

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Pages   464
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.03" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   1.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2000
Publisher   Woodrow Wilson Center Press
ISBN  1930365039  
ISBN13  9781930365032  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leslie David Simon is Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a member of the U.S. State Department's advisory committee on International Communications and Information Policy. He is former IBM director of public affairs in Washington, D.C. and vice president, IBM Europe/Middle /East/Africa Corporation in Paris, France.

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An important title for any social issues class  May 19, 2001
From how digital commerce and democracy affects taxation, privacy and free speech to legal platforms for protecting and regulating property rights and documents online, provides a social examination of how the internet's capabilities are creating new public agendas for change. An important title for any social issues class.
Policies for an Interconnected World  Dec 29, 2000
This book is both scholarly and entertaining, for it describes the history, influence, and possible future of today's most fascinating tool, the Net, and does so through the lens of a person whose career was focused first on telecommunications and later on computers. Just as these have come together in the Internet and elsewhere, so does this story, which for Simon began in 1966. The Net itself is now over a quarter-century old, but for its first two decades was largely ignored by the public. Since 1995, however, an exponential growth in popular and commercial interest has created a similar, and continuing, explosion of the Net. It is difficult to think of any earlier technological development whose adoption occurred so rapidly or with such ease. And unlike most high-tech inventions, the Net developed organically, independent of any master plan or architecure, absent of security considerations or privacy concerns, hardly shaped at all by economic factors. Sharing was, and remains, its goal. Today, however, the Net impacts our everyday life and has become an enabler for business to expand its markets. It is hence now entrusted with private information of individuals and secret proprietary data of business, whose security may be essential to commercial survival. Ubiquitous as it is, the Net cries out for public, and private, policies that address such troublesome issues as equitable access,taxation, intellectual property rights, content regulation, privacy, security, first-amendment rights, and many others.

NetPolicy.Com defines the Net and its impacts and discusses "the bearable lightness of the digital world," the convergence not only within electronics, but the mega-convergence of businesses, e.g., financial services, commerce, and industry. It identifies difficult policy issues and their legal framework and suggests appropriate roles for the public and private sectors. Despite the importance of the Net to business and government, its essential issues have most to do with its potential effects on humankind.

We are reminded of the 1998 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, largely drawn from the French Declaration of Human Rights and our Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, quoting from the former document the freedom to "seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." Would that today's policy makers have the prescience of the author of those words!

NetPolicy.Com is recommended for readers with intellectual curiosity, anyone interested in modern technology, observers of contemporary customs, any person who surfs the Net or sends e-mail, indeed for all responsible citizens who wish to learn more about this new world in which we live, interdependent on each other and literally interconnected to everyone else.

Finally, NetPolicy.Com's technical title disguises a book that is an easy and important read.


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