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After the Digital Tornado
Networks, Algorithms, Humanity

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  • Editor: Kevin Werbach, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
Kevin Werbach, Christopher T. Marsden, Julie E. Cohen, Tim Wu, Kartik Hosanagar, Alex Miller, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Daniel N. Kluttz, Nitin Kohli, Deirdre K. Mulligan, Brett Frischmann, Evan Selinger, Shoshana Zuboff, Kevin Werbach.
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  • Date Published: June 2022
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108445351

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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.

    • Presents a coherent framework for understanding diverse issues relating to law, policy, and ethics of emerging technology
    • Features parts of the original 1997 'Digital Tornado' paper that provides insightful historical context for today's challenges
    • This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core
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    • Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2021, Choice Reviews

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    '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.’ C. Tappert, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108445351
    • length: 249 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.341kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. An endless spiral of connectivity?
    Digital Tornado: The internet and telecommunication policy Kevin Werbach
    I. Networks:
    1. The regulated end of internet law, and the return to computer and information law? Christopher T. Marsden
    2. Networks, standards, and network-and-standard-based governance Julie E. Cohen
    3. Tech dominance and the policeman at the elbow Tim Wu
    II. Algorithms:
    4. Who do we blame for the filter bubble? On the roles of math, data, & people in algorithmic social systems Kartik Hosanagar and Alex Miller
    5. Regulating the feedback effect Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
    6. Shaping our tools: contestability as a means to promote responsible algorithmic decision making in the professions Daniel n. Kluttz, Nitin Kohli, and Deirdre K. Mulligan
    III. Humanity:
    7. Why a commitment to pluralism should limit how humanity is re-engineered Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger
    8. Caveat usor: epistemic inequality as information warfare and surveillance capitalism's river of fire Shoshana Zuboff
    9. The siren song: algorithmic governance by blockchain Kevin Werbach.

  • Editor

    Kevin Werbach, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
    Kevin Werbach is Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. A world-renowned expert on emerging technology, he examines business and policy implications of developments such as broadband, big data, gamification, and blockchain. Previously, Werbach served on the Obama Administration's Presidential Transition Team, founded the Supernova Group (a technology conference and consulting firm), led internet policy at the Federal Communications Commission, and created a massive open online course. His books include For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business and The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust


    Kevin Werbach, Christopher T. Marsden, Julie E. Cohen, Tim Wu, Kartik Hosanagar, Alex Miller, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Daniel N. Kluttz, Nitin Kohli, Deirdre K. Mulligan, Brett Frischmann, Evan Selinger, Shoshana Zuboff, Kevin Werbach.


    • Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2021, Choice Reviews

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