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It is often said that quantum technologies are poised to change the world as we know it, but cutting through the hype, what will quantum technologies actually mean for countries and their citizens? In Law and Policy for the Quantum Age, Chris Jay Hoofnagle and Simson L. Garfinkel explain the genesis of quantum information science (QIS) and the resulting quantum technologies that are most exciting: quantum sensing, computing, and communication. This groundbreaking, timely text explains how quantum technologies work, how countries will likely employ QIS for future national defense and what the legal landscapes will be for these nations, and how companies might (or might not) profit from the technology. Hoofnagle and Garfinkel argue that the consequences of QIS are so profound that we must begin planning for them today. This title is available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


Honorable Mention, 2023 Surveillance Studies Network Book Prize, Surveillance studies Network


'This book is broad, deep, and accessible - a rare combination in a single volume. This book opened my eyes to the complex scenarios that make up the future, and then gave me frameworks for understanding them. Highly recommended!'

Adam Shostack - author of Threat Modeling: Designing for Security, and the co-author of The New School of Information Security

'Revolutionary technology usually bursts on the scene and races ahead of public comprehension and policy, which struggle to keep up. Quantum computing is different - we have time to think, because many of the theoretical promises are understood but most are still years away. Hoofnagle and Garfinkel provide a valuable contribution to that opportunity to think, by giving the reader a comprehensive look at both the technology and its policy opportunities and threats.'

Bill Silver

'Law and Policy for the Quantum Age is required reading for those who really want to understand why quantum technologies are likely to transform our world in a very radical way. While there are many other books that explain the physics and engineering of quantum information systems, Law and Policy for the Quantum Age is the only book currently available that clearly elucidates the huge impact that these quantum devices will have on industrial and government policy, and why we need to seriously consider these implications today.'

Marco Lanzagorta

'… a gracefully written and deeply informative look at the commercial and policy prospects of quantum computing …'

Stewart Baker - former Assistant Secretary for Policy, United States Department of Homeland Security; former General Counsel, National Security Agency

‘With their book, Hoofnagle and Garfinkel deliver an exceptional performance by making the material accessible, offering a realistic view of what is (and what is not) coming. In doing so, they identify at exactly the right time the policy questions that politics and society must now start thinking about.’

Axel Arnbak - Het Financieele Dagblad


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Full book PDF
  • Frontmatter
    pp i-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-x
  • List of Figures
    pp xi-xiv
  • List of Tables
    pp xv-xvi
  • Preface
    pp xvii-xviii
  • Acknowledgments
    pp xix-xxii
  • Introduction
    pp 1-22
  • Part 01 - Quantum Technologies
    pp 23-24
  • 1 - Small Phenomena, Big Implications
    pp 25-30
  • 2 - Quantum Sensing and Metrology
    pp 31-76
  • 3 - Understanding Computation
    pp 77-120
  • 4 - The Birth of Quantum Computing
    pp 121-172
  • 5 - Quantum Computing Applications
    pp 173-228
  • 6 - Quantum Computing Today
    pp 229-256
  • 7 - Quantum Communications
    pp 257-302
  • Part 10 - Shaping the Quantum Future
    pp 303-304
  • 8 - Quantum Technologies and Possible Futures
    pp 305-374
  • 9 - A Policy Landscape
    pp 375-456
  • 10 - The Quantum Age: Conclusions
    pp 457-468
  • Appendices
    pp 469-470
  • A - Introduction to the Quantum Realm
    pp 471-482
  • B - Introduction to Quantum Effects
    pp 483-524
  • Bibliography
    pp 525-566
  • Index
    pp 567-576
  • Colophon
    pp 307-578


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