Anthony J. Pennings, PhD


Best IT/Media Policy Books of 2010

Posted on | December 11, 2010 | No Comments

It’s 2010 and do we really know the impact technology is having in our lives? Sometimes I wonder if social media, as important as it is, is shielding us from the other important influences IT is having in our lives from the financial crisis we are recovering from, the way we conduct war and espionage, and the structural problems inherent in our economy. I would say our educational systems, and the news media, and certainly our cultural institutions are still behind in understanding and conceptualizing ways to deal with the problems associated with our new information and communication technologies. Luckily we do have some good thinkers who are writing and making contributions to this area.

So I wanted to reproduce this list by Adam Thierer on The 10 Most Important Info-Tech Policy Books of 2010. Have a quick look at the list below and then link to the post at the Technology Liberation Front for a good description and links to buy.

  1. Tim Wu – The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
  2. Kevin Kelly – What Technology Wants
  3. Jaron Lanier – You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
  4. Nicholas Carr – The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
  5. Clay Shirky – Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
  6. Barbara van Schewick – Internet Architecture and Innovation
  7. Milton Mueller — Networks and States: The Global Politics of Internet Governance
  8. Ronald J. Deibert, John G. Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, and Jonathan Zittrain (eds.) – Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace
  9. Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake – Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It
  10. Adrian Johns – Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

Honorable Mentions:

  • Rob Frieden – Winning the Silicon Sweepstakes: Can the United States Compete in Global Telecommunications?
  • Daniel Lathrop and Laurel Ruma (eds.) – Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice
  • William Powers – Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age
  • Robert W. McChesney & John Nichols – The Death and Life of American Journalism
  • Nick Bilton – I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works.
  • You might want to also take a look at their list of the best books of the 2000s.


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