Five star review on Amazon from top 10 Amazon reviewer (Rebecca Johnson)
Rebecca Johnson does not generally review communications or Internet books, so a 5 star review from her shows that A history of the Internet and the digital future is assessable to a general audience. Full text of her review is below, but this is the highlight:
“Absolutely fascinating … If I had to pick one book about the Internet, this would be it!”
Al Gore was ridiculed during the 2000 U.S. presidential election for supposedly claiming he had created the Internet. But digital technology expert Johnny Ryan says Gore’s comments to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer were misinterpreted. According to transcripts of the interview, says Ryan, Gore was taking credit merely for passing an act in 1991 allowing “conditions” for the Internet’s development. Ryan, a senior researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin, recalls this anecdote in his new book, A History of the Internet and the Digital Future. An edited version of the Star’s email interview with him: Continue reading
Amazon has many reviewers and the top 10 is a contested place. Reviews by people in the top 10, top 50, top 100 are a major asset to sales. One such reviewer (top 10) just gave A history of the Internet and the digital future a 5 star review.
I spoke at Google last Friday (19 November 2010) on fairuse and the need for the law to adapt to leverage the benefits of the Internet.
The event was chaired by TJ McIntyre of Digital Rights Ireland.
I have just printed my PhD thesis for submission to the University of Cambridge. The title is ‘Militant Islamist radicalisation: does the Internet atomise?’. The following is a summary of the thesis extracted from part of the summary. In a nutshell, I was exploring how ideas traverse the Internet.
Today I am doing an interview with Myles Dungan of RTE Radio for his new history program. He asked me to select a few items that can guide our discussion of my book A history of the Internet and the digital future. Here are some of the items that we will discuss. Continue reading