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The history of politics going dataland
am 13. Januar 1999
An exciting read - if you are in any way interested in the early development of the electronic side of our world, right the place were you read this now.
Hacking - OK, sounds like a good selling story.
But this is also about traditions of e-commerce: the phone companies. And about democracy: government vs. civil libertarians meeting on the electronic frontier, both exploring.
It is the history of the settling of cyberspace (how I hated this word until I read this book!).
Yes, history. Although it is less than a decade ago, the times of adventurous exploration are "long" ago, and books _have_ to be read about this.
Example: You read this book about people making their first unsecure steps into cyberspace, and then some day you recognize one of its main actors, Jerry Barlow, in the news speaking for the EFF, now an important organization in the world of civil liberties, but just in its early founding days, when mentioned in "The Hacker Crackdown"
Shurely our children will have excerpts from this in their history books at school :)