The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (Borzoi Books)In this age of an open Internet, it is easy to forget that every American information industry, beginning with the telephone, has eventually been taken captive by some ruthless monopoly or cartel. With all our media now traveling a single network, an unprecedented potential is building for centralized control over what Americans see and hear. Could history repeat itself with the next industrial consolidation? Could the Internet—the entire flow of American information—come to be ruled by one corporate leviathan in possession of “the master switch”? That is the big question of Tim Wu’s pathbreaking book.

As Wu’s sweeping history shows, each of the new media of the twentieth century—radio, telephone, television, and film—was born free and open. Each invited unrestricted use and enterprising experiment until some would-be mogul battled his way to total domination. Here are stories of an uncommon will to power, the power over information: Adolph Zukor, who took a technology once used as commonly as YouTube is today and made it the exclusive prerogative of a kingdom called Hollywood . . . NBC’s founder, David Sarnoff, who, to save his broadcast empire from disruptive visionaries, bullied one inventor (of electronic television) into alcoholic despair and another (this one of FM radio, and his boyhood friend) into suicide . . . And foremost, Theodore Vail, founder of the Bell System, the greatest information empire of all time, and a capitalist whose faith in Soviet-style central planning set the course of every information industry thereafter.

Explaining how invention begets industry and industry begets empire—a progress often blessed by government, typically with stifling consequences for free expression and technical innovation alike—Wu identifies a time-honored pattern in the maneuvers of today’s great information powers: Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T. A battle royal looms for the Internet’s future, and with almost every aspect of our lives now dependent on that network, this is one war we dare not tune out.

Part industrial exposé, part meditation on what freedom requires in the information age, The Master Switch is a stirring illumination of a drama that has played out over decades in the shadows of our national life and now culminates with terrifying implications for our future.

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Hybrid and Cyber War As Consequences of the Asymmetry: A Comprehensive Approach Answering Hybrid Actors and Activities in Cyberspace

Hybrid and Cyber War As Consequences of the Asymmetry: A Comprehensive Approach Answering Hybrid Actors and Activities in CyberspaceAll political and military conflicts now have a cyber dimension, the size and impact of which are difficult to predict. Internet-enabled propaganda, espionage and attacks on critical infrastructure can target decision makers, weapons systems and citizens in general, during times of peace or war. Traditional threats to national security now have a digital delivery mechanism which would increase the speed, diffusion and power of an attack. There have been no true cyber wars to date, but cyber battles of great consequence are easy to find. This book is divided into two sections – Strategic Viewpoints and Technical Challenges & Solutions – and highlights the growing connection between computer security and national security.

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Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare: Threats and Responses

Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare: Threats and Responses (Terrorism library series)Cyber terrorism is an emerging new mode of information warfare underscoring the perpetrators' deliberate exploitation of civilian and military systems' inherent vulnerabilities, thereby affecting national and global security. This volume includes contributions made by academics, policymakers, and professionals at seminars and conferences co-sponsored by the International Center for Terrorism Studies (Potomac Institute for Policy Studies), and the Terrorism Studies Center (The George Washington University), during the past several years. It also includes statements by key government officials and industry experts at different forums in the United States dealing with both threats and responses.

Included are the statements and assessments of James Adams, Edgar A. Adamson, Madeleine Albright, Mario Balakgie, Elizabeth Banker, Bill Clinton, Fred Cohen, James X. Dempsey, Dianne Feinstein, Kenneth Flamm, Louis J. Freeh, Gideon Frieder, Tom Fuhrman, Charles Giancarlo, Eric Holder, Feisal Keblawi, Jon Kyl, Neal Lane, Joseph Lieberman, Robert T. Marsh, Paul Misener, Roger Molander, Richard Pethia, Janet Reno, Howard Schmidt, Charles Schumer, Robert Shea, David L. Sobel, John Tritak, and Michael A. Vatis.

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Creating HMI/SCADA Industrial Applications Using Microsoft Access

Creating HMI/SCADA Industrial Applications Using Microsoft AccessThe book that reveals the alternative to costly proprietary software for creating a HMI/SCADA application using universally accepted Microsoft Access for database management. This book walks you through the building of an application that loads recipes into a PLC and logs data extracted from the PLC. If you have MS Access then the rest of the tools are here to create the JuicePlant recipe management application.

 

 

 

 

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Cyber-warfare: The New Form of Battle

Cyber-warfare: The New Form of BattleRecent years have seen a rapid development of a relatively new trend of battle: cyber-warfare. Used in targeting various official government websites, home pages of financial institutions and famous and influential internet portals, cyber-attacks have the ability to paralyze the work of banks, news broadcasts and even hurt the reputation of a country (like in the case of Georgia), with false and distorted information and data being the main casualties. This book gives an insight on the highly interesting topic of cyber-warfare, the latest form of battle.




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