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[liberationtech] BLOGS: Reading List on Lib Techs -- Delete if not interested

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
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The Digital Decade’s Definitive Reading List: Internet & Info-Tech Policy
Books of the 2000s

by Adam Thierer <> on December
29, 2009 · <>

[image: book stack]<>So,
did the decade just end or do we have another year to go? Honestly, I’ve
never understood when the cut-off is from one decade to the next. (My friend
Larry Magid struggles with the same question in his recent column on “The
Decade in Technology<;cbsnewsLeadStoriesSecondary>.”)
Nonetheless, I’ve seen a lot of best-of-decade lists published recently, so
I thought I would throw my own out there even though it is still a work in

I have been attempting to compile the definitive bibliography for our
digital decade—the definitive list of Internet policy books, that is. I
started throwing this together two years ago when I was penning my list of “The
Most Important Internet Policy Books of
and continued to work on it as I was finishing up my 2009
well. I grabbed every book off my shelf that dealt with the future of the
Internet and the impact the Digital Revolution is having on our lives,
culture, and economy and threw the title and a link onto this list. (I’m
also using the list to help structure my thoughts for a forthcoming book of
my own on Internet Optimists vs. Pessimists, something I’ve been writing a
 about here<>
 in recent<>

Below you will find what I’ve got so far. There are around 80 90 books on
the list. I’ve divided the list by year, but you may be wondering what
determined the order the books appear in. In essence, I’ve listed what I
feel are the 1 or 2 most important titles first and then just added others
randomly. Eventually, I plan to post a “Most Important Internet Policy Books
of the Decade” list outlining which titles I believe have been the most
influential. I suspect I’ll name Benkler’s *Wealth of Networks *to the top
slot followed closely by Zittrain’s *The Future of the Internet*,
Lessig’s *Free
Culture*, and Chris Anderson’s *The Long Tail. *Anyway, that’s for another

For now, I would just like to ask for reader suggestions regarding what
other titles that should appear on this list. I will add titles as they come
in. I want to stress, however, that I am trying to keep this list limited to
books that have something to say about *Internet policy* (cyber-law, digital
economics, information technology politics, etc).

I hope others find this useful.  And yes, I have read all* most of the books
on this list!  As I’ve noted here before, I’m a bit of book
(*Now that I’ve received so many helpful additions to the list, there are
some titles on the list I have not had a chance to read through yet).

   - George Gilder – *Telecosm: How Infinite Bandwith Will Revolutionize Our
   World* <>
   - Christopher T. Marsden (ed.) – *Regulating the Global Information
   Society* <>


   - Cass Sunstein -*<>
   - Lawrence Lessig – *The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a
   Connected World<>
   - Michael Lewis – *Next: The Future Just
   - Debora L. Spar – *Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and
   Wealth form the Compass to the
   - Siva Vaidhyanathan – *Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of
   Intellectual Property and How it Threatens
   - Manuel Castells – *The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet,
   Business, and Society* <>
   - Jeffrey H. Rohlfs – *Bandwagon Effects in High-Technology
   - Marjorie Heins – *Not in Front of the Children: “Indecency,” Censorship
   and the Innocence of
   - National Research Council – *Youth, Pornography and the
   - National Research Council – *Global Networks and Local
   - Paulina Borsook – *Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly
   Libertarian Culture of High


   - David Weinberger -* Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of
   the Web <>*
   - Howard Reingold – *Smart Mobs: The Next Social
   - Milton L. Mueller *- Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the
   Taming of Cyberspace<>
   - Richard A. Spinello -* Regulating Cyberspace: The Policies and
   Technologies of
   - Stan Liebowitz – *Re-Thinking the Network Economy: The True Forces that
   Drive the Digital
   - Adam D. Thierer & Clyde Wayne Crews (eds.)* – Copy Fights: The Future
   of Intellectual Property in the Information


   - Lorrie Faith Cranor & Steven S. Wildman (eds.) *- Rethinking Rights and
   Regulations: Institutional Responses to New Communication
   - Adam D. Thierer & Clyde Wayne Crews (eds.) -* Who Rules the Net?:
   Internet Governance and
   - Shanthi Kalathil & Taylor C. Boas - *Open Networks, Closed regimes: The
   Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian
   - William Landes and Richard Posner* – The Economic Structure of
   Intellectual Property


   - Lawrence Lessig -* Free Culture: The Nature and Future of
   - Dan Gillmor –* We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For
   the People<>
   - William W. Fisher –* Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the Future
   of Entertainment <>*
   - Joe Trippi *– The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, The
   Internet, and the Overthrow of
   - Siva Vaidhyanathan* -  The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash
   between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the
   System <>*
   - Steven Weber -* The Success of Open
   - Alexander R. Galloway - *Protocol: How Control Exists after
   Decentralization <>*
   - Michael A. Einhorn -* Media, Technology, and Copyright: Integrating Law
   and Economics <>*


   - John Battelle – *The Search: How Google and its Rivals Rewrote the
   Rules of Business and Transformed Our
   - Edward Castronova -* Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of
   Online Games <>*
   - Jonathan E. Nuechterlein & Philip J. Weiser - *Digital Crossroads:
   American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet


   - Yochai Benkler -* The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production
   Transforms Markets and
   - Chris Anderson –* The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling
   Less of More<>
   - Jack Goldsmith & Tim Wu -* Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a
   Borderless World<>
   - Henry Jenkins -* **Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media
   - Lawrence Lessig -* Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version
   - Cass Sunstein –* Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce
   - Daniel J. Solove, Marc Rotenberg & Paul M. Schwartz - *Privacy,
   Information and Technology*<>
   - Ori Brafman & Rod A. Beckstrom – *The Starfish and the Spider: The
   Unstoppable Power of Leaderless


   - Andrew Keen –* The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing
   our Culture<>
   - Daniel Solove -* The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy
   on the Internet<>
   - Glenn Reynolds -* An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower
   Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other
   - David Weinberger -* Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New
   Digital Disorder <>*
   - National Research Council -* Toward a Safer and More Secure
   - Tarleton Gillespie -* Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital
   Culture <>*
   - Steve Talbott -* Devices of the Soul: Battling for Our Selves in an Age
   of Machines <>*
   - Jeff Chester -* Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of
   - Nancy E. Willard – *Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young
   People Learn to Use the Internet Safely and


   - Jonathan Zittrain -* The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop
   - John Palfrey & Urs Gasser -* Born Digital: Understanding the First
   Generation of Digital
   - Clay Shirky –* Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without
   - Nick Carr –* The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to
   - Ronald J. Deibert, John G. Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, and Jonathan
   Zittrain* *(eds.) –* Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global
   Internet Filtering<>
   - Daniel Solove –* Understanding
   - Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici -* Self-Regulation in
   - James Bessen and Michael J. Meurer –* Patent Failure: How Judges,
   Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at
   - Michele Boldrin & David K. Levine –* Against Intellectual
   - Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams *– Wikinomics: How Mass
   Collaboration Changes
   - Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis –* Blown to Bits: Your Life,
   Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital
   - Lee Siegel –* Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the
   Electronic Mob<>
   - Lawrence Lessig –* Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid
   - Michael Heller -* The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks
   Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs
   - Matt Mason –* The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing
   - David Friedman –* Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an
   Uncertain World<>
   - Cory Doctorow —* Content <>*
   - Don Tapscott —* Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing
   Your World<>
   - Neil Netanel –* Copyright’s
   - Mark Bauerlein- *The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies
   Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30)
   * <>


   - Chris Anderson –* Free: The Future of a Radical
   - Larry Downes *- The Laws of Disruption: Chaos and Control in Your
   Virtual Future<>
   - Dawn C. Nunziato *- Virtual Freedom: Net Neutrality and Free Speech in
   the Internet Age <>*
   - David Bollier -* Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital
   Republic of Their
   - David Post –* In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of
   - Dennis Baron *– A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital
   Revolution <>*
   - Mark Helprin *- Digital Barbarism: A Writer’s
   - William Patry –* Moral Panics and the Copyright
   - John Freeman *– The Tyranny of E-Mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey
   to Your Inbox <>*
   - Gary Reback –* Free the Market!  Why Only Government Can Keep the
   Marketplace Competitive<>
   - Lee A. Bygrave & Jon Bing (eds) – *Internet Governance: Infrastructure
   and Institutions* <>
   - Manuel Castells* – Communication
   - Tyler Cowen* – Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a
   Disordered World<>
   - Randall Stross *- Planet Google: One Company’s Audacious Plan to
   Organize Everything We
   - Ken Auletta *- Googled: The End of the World As We Know
   - Jeff Jarvis -* What Would Google
   - John W. Dozier Jr. and Sue Scheff *– Google
   - James Boyle* – The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the
   - Scott Rosenberg* - Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s
   Becoming, and Why It
   - Erik Brynjolfsson & Adam Saunders – *Wired for Innovation: How
   Information Technology is Reshaping the
   - Matthew Scott Hindman -*The Myth of Digital


*And here are some forthcoming titles that could be on the list if we
include 2010 in the decade…*

   - Jaron Lanier – *You Are Not a Gadget: A
   - Siva Vaidhyanathan, *The Googlization of Everything*
   - Kevin Kelly –* What Technology Wants and What it Means in Our Life*
   - Nick Carr –* The Shallows*
   - Tim Wu – ?
   - Ronald J. Deibert, John G. Palfrey, Rafal
   Jonathan Zittrain (eds.) – *Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power,
   Rights, and Rule in

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