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After the Digital Tornado
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  • Edited by Kevin Werbach, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business

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Networks powered by algorithms are pervasive. Major contemporary technology trends - Internet of Things, Big Data, Digital Platform Power, Blockchain, and the Algorithmic Society - are manifestations of this phenomenon. The internet, which once seemed an unambiguous benefit to society, is now the basis for invasions of privacy, massive concentrations of power, and wide-scale manipulation. The algorithmic networked world poses deep questions about power, freedom, fairness, and human agency. The influential 1997 Federal Communications Commission whitepaper “Digital Tornado” hailed the “endless spiral of connectivity” that would transform society, and today, little remains untouched by digital connectivity. Yet fundamental questions remain unresolved, and even more serious challenges have emerged. This important collection, which offers a reckoning and a foretelling, features leading technology scholars who explain the legal, business, ethical, technical, and public policy challenges of building pervasive networks and algorithms for the benefit of humanity. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


'An important collection of diverse perspectives on the legal, ethical and social challenges of the information age. Essential reading for anyone interested in the past and future of Internet policy.'

Bruce Schneier - Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and author of Click Here to Kill Everybody

'Kevin Werbach assembles some of the world’s best thinkers to analyze the transformations wrought by code, data, and silicon. A masterful meditation on what is next for digital life and how policy might be able to harness technology for good.'

Ellen P. Goodman - Professor, Rutgers Law School and Co-Director, Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law

'This book is destined to be as vital to the debate over the future of the Internet as Werbach’s ground-breaking white paper Digital Tornado. It examines how much the Internet has changed over two decades and looks ahead with concrete recommendations about how to ensure a vibrant and open Internet ecosystem from some of the world’s top experts in Internet law and policy.'

Gigi Sohn - Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law and Policy, and Benton Senior Fellow

'Some of the sharpest thinkers about technology and society examine where we have come from, what has changed, and what the future may be. Old models, antitrust, new power centers, dehumanized humanity, blockchain, and more are explored and explained with an eye to what we can and should do next.'

Deven Desai - Associate Professor, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

‘This very informative and readable book is suitable for all technology and business professionals, as well as students, faculty, and others interested in staying abreast of technology … Highly recommended.’

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Full book PDF
  • After the Digital Tornado
    pp i-i
  • Reviews
    pp ii-ii
  • After the Digital Tornado - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Networks, Algorithms, Humanity
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Contributors
    pp vii-x
  • Introduction: An Endless Spiral of Connectivity?
    pp 1-10
  • Prelude
    pp 11-12
  • Digital Tornado: The Internet and Telecommunications Policy (1997) Selected Excerpts
    pp 13-32
  • Part I - Networks
    pp 33-34
  • 2 - Networks, Standards, and Network-and-Standard-Based Governance
    pp 58-80
  • 3 - Tech Dominance and the Policeman at the Elbow
    pp 81-100
  • Part II - Algorithms
    pp 101-102
  • 5 - Regulating the Feedback Effect
    pp 122-136
  • Part III - Humanity
    pp 153-154
  • 8 - Caveat Usor: Surveillance Capitalism as Epistemic Inequality
    pp 174-214
  • 9 - The Siren Song: Algorithmic Governance by Blockchain
    pp 215-240


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