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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262012171 | 368 pp. | 6 x 9 in | April 2005
Paperback | $30.00 Short | £22.95 | ISBN: 9780262511964 | 368 pp. | 6 x 9 in | September 2006

Digital Phoenix

Why the Information Economy Collapsed and How It Will Rise Again

About the Author

Bruce Abramson received a PhD in computer science from Columbia University and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He has held positions with the faculties of the University of Southern California and Carnegie Mellon. His consulting and legal practice, based in Washington, DC, focuses on issues related to the digital economy. Abramson is also the author of The Informationist blog, which chronicles "life during the transition from industrial age to information age."


“"Abramson gives an intricate but lucid and engaging account of these controversies, illuminating the interplay of copyright and patent law, technology and marketing. He makes a case both for the government's role in policing abuses of intellectual property rights Microsoft, he believes, is indeed a monopolistand for a relaxed intellectual property regime that fosters competition and innovation." Publishers Weekly”—
“"A compelling explanation of the forces that produced the 1990s technology boom and bust." Choice”—


“"Digital Phoenix is a brilliant explanation of the law, economics, and computer science behind the information technology revolution--in my view, the best book on this topic on the market. Even readers who think they know something about IT will learn from it. Those who are less well acquinted with the subject but want to learn will find it a thoroghly enjoyable reference that will tell them what they need to know. It will also go along way toward enabling them to catch up to what the 'experts' think they know about the IT revolution.”
Robert Litan, Vice President, Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
“The Microsoft antitrust trial, the ascent of Linux, the rise and fall of Napster Abramson not only masterfully retells each of these foundational stories of the digital economy, he explains why they mattered, how they fit into the 'New Economy,' and what they portend for the next information technology boom. This is mandatory reading for anyone who wants to understand what makes our digital economy tick.”
Fred von Lohmann, Electronic Frontier Foundation
“Stuart Biegel explores the dilemmas of present-day cyberspace with the confidence of a native Netizen, the sharp eye of an anthropologist, and the incisiveness of a lawyer. The result is a book that is true to the spirit of the Net without deifying it--a nuanced study that synthesizes the best understandings we have of when, where, and how to apply the elements of the contemporary regulatory toolbox to the global Internet.”
Jonathan Zittrain,, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, University of Oxford
“This is a timely and sophisticated study of how three multilateral development banks have dealt with demands to incorporate a serious environmental agenda into their lending strategies for Central and Eastern Europe. Gutner shows how each institution's shareholder commitment to a green agenda interacts with the overall development strategies of that institution to affect its ability to implement successful environmental projects in recipient countries. This is an important study of some of the challenges international institutions face in responding to increasingly diverse demands from their expanding constituencies.”
Steven Weber, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, author of The Success of Open Source