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Hardcover | Out of Print | 338 pp. | 5.9 x 9 in | September 1999 | ISBN: 9780262194181
Paperback | $5.75 Short | £4.95 | 338 pp. | 5.9 x 9 in | August 2000 | ISBN: 9780262692496
eBook | $15.95 Short | August 2000 | ISBN: 9780262254328
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The Internet Edge

Social, Technical, and Legal Challenges for A Networked World


Sometimes when we face change, we feel conflicting forces driving us forward and pulling us back. This place of tension and confusion can be called an "edge." The "Internet edge" is our collective struggle to change as the world becomes more connected. Turmoil at the Internet edge occurs around interacting social, legal, and technological realms. Examples include issues of online privacy, censorship, digital copyright, and untaxed business competition over the Net. Such issues reflect conflicts between values -- local and global, individual and corporate, democratic and nondemocratic.This book is an eagle's eye view of the Internet edge. It is about the experiences of those who encountered similar issues as they built precursors to the Net such as videotext, teletext, and the Source. It is about the trends in technology that will make the Net of the next few years a very different experience from the desktop surfing of today. Finally, it is about how old myths of magic, power, and control can help us to understand our fascination with and fear of new technologies.

About the Author

Mark Stefik in an inventor and Research Fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he directs the Information Sciences and Technologies Laboratory.


“The Internet Edge provides a panoramic compendium of issues and recent developments in crafting the Internet for real applications. While a major focus of the book is 'content-related' applications and the technology to support them, the implications for electronic commerce, more broadly, are clearly visible. This is a very readable treatise by a well-known and insightful practitioner in the field”
Robert Kahn, President, Corporation for National Research Initiatives
“Mark Stefik puts Internet mania into perspective - we're all teetering on the edge of a revolution. I found this a most perceptive and thought-provoking read. You will, too.”
Vinton G. Cerf, Sr. Vice President for Internet Architecture and Technology, MCI WorldCom