George Ure is something of a 21st century renaissance man and this book provides valuable insight into our electronic future in a way nobody else has.
With a background that runs the gamut from living on a sailboat in the pacific northwest to raising goats on a ranch in Texas; and with a skill set that includes expertise in radio electronics and long wave financial analysis, his unique experiences translate into a fascinating report on the current state of the Internet and the inevitable future of the same.
Having followed Georges work on his web sites, (urbansurvival.com & peoplenomics.com), I had an idea what I was in for in terms of the style of the book; a healthy dose of facts and a view of what the future may bring based upon possible outcomes of the current state of things.
As a network security consultant by day, and extra class ham radio operator and emergency services volunteer in my *spare* time I had my own views on the potential for the inevitable failure of the Internet as we have come to know it, but "Broken Web" opened my eyes to some things I had not previously thought about.
This is not a gloom and doomer shouting that the sky is falling; it is a sober and well thought out discussion of the inevitability of systematic failure which will be caused by one or more breakdowns of the underpinnings of a house of cards built on sand. It covers economic, social, and technical aspects of the webs status in a fresh and yet matter of fact way.
Balancing just enough technical facts with social commentary this is a must read for anyone who uses a cell phone, or the Internet. Oh wait... that's everyone. And that's part of the point. What will the future look like? Get a copy of "Broken Web" and you'll have a better idea than most of what is on the horizon.