Upcoming Internet Policy Books for 2011

by on January 2, 2011 · 12 comments

Well, even though I just recently put to bed my annual list of the “Most Important Info-Tech Policy Books of 2010,” I’ve already started investigating what new titles we’ll need to pay attention to in 2011.  Accordingly, I’ve started this list and hope that others can suggest other books I may have missed.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • http://twitter.com/cfarivar Cyrus Farivar

    Not to be too self-serving, but my book “The Internet of Elsewhere,” (Rutgers University Press, 2011) is due out in May. You can find out more here: http://www.internetofelsewhere.com. Thanks!

  • http://www.techliberation.com Adam Thierer

    Terrific, Cyrus! I really look forward to reading your book (especially to compare your conclusions to Evgeny Morozov’s). I have added your book to the list above. Thanks for letting us know about it. — Adam Thierer

  • http://twitter.com/cfarivar Cyrus Farivar

    I think Evgeny and I share many of the same ideas — although I’m probably not as cynical as he is. (I grew up in California, and he in Belarus, so that may explain things!) :-)

    However, his book tends to focus on some of the authoritarian consequences with respect to the Internet — I only focus on the case of Iran — my book tends to look more broadly at how and why the Internet came to be, when and what the emergent applications were in four countries around the world: Iran, Estonia, South Korea and Senegal.

    In other words: Why did Skype develop in Estonia? Why is South Korea the world’s most wired nation? And why is Senegal a hope for sub-Saharan Africa, and yet lags behind?

  • http://blurringborders.com Kevin Donovan
  • http://www.techliberation.com Adam Thierer

    Thanks Kevin. That book (“The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy, and Reputation”) came to my attention during the final week of 2010 after I finished my “Best of 2010″ list. It has a 2010 copyright on it, but is only just now getting widespread attention. I’m not sure if I should include it in this list, therefore. It’s an important text, however, and I think I will likely go back and add it to my 2010 list.

  • http://blurringborders.com Kevin Donovan
  • http://www.techliberation.com Adam Thierer

    Thanks! I missed that one but will add it now.

  • Chris Marsden

    Blowing my own trumpet on a non-US book, but I think this might interest a few Americans who cast their gaze towards Europe? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Internet-Co-Regulation-Regulatory-Governance-Legitimacy/dp/1107003482/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1295275728&sr=1-1
    Keep up the good work
    Best
    Chris

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