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Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks (Cambridge Studies in the Emergence of Global Enterprise) Kindle Edition

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"This book contributes significantly to our understanding of the current state of affairs in information technology and governance, while also making original contributions to our understanding of the evolution of business institutions across the long twentieth century. Drawing on substantial original research, Andrew L. Russell argues that processes for setting industry standards have embodied broadly felt (and often competing) values regarding American governance. ... In the process, we come to see how the current enthusiasm for open systems and standards fits in a larger story of American governance. The current situation is neither a radical break nor an idealized state, as much contemporary literature insists and celebrates. Rather, it is a refinement in the face of shifting economic conditions that reflects and draws on a persistent commitment to economic liberalism. This is an important point that will garner considerable attention from historians and contemporary business analysts."
Steven W. Usselman, Chair of the School of History, Technology and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Andrew L. Russell's book describes how we got to the twenty-first-century information society, the 'Open World', through focusing a standardization lens on the history of American communication and information technology as it evolved from the late nineteenth century. Russell's book is the first history of American communication and information technology to focus on standardization and its processes and implications. Understanding how standardization has evolved is critical to understanding our commercial world today, and Russell provides a key contribution by exploring its evolution in the realm of ICTs. ... a real contribution to the literature. He also adds to the field by showing that the notions and values of open standards, open systems, and the Open World have a long prehistory."
JoAnne Yates, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Managerial Communication and Work and Organization Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management

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How did the idea of openness become the defining principle for the twenty-first-century Information Age? This book answers this question by looking at the history of information networks and paying close attention to the politics of standardization.

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  • File Size: 2292 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Andrew L. Russell is an Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Program in Science & Technology Studies in the College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. His work has appeared in journals such as IEEE Spectrum, Information and Culture, Technology & Culture, and the IEEE Annals of Computing. He has been awarded fellowships from Duke University's John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, the University of Minnesota's Charles Babbage Institute, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Russell earned a PhD from The Johns Hopkins University (2007), MA from the University of Colorado, Boulder (2003), and BA from Vassar College (1996).

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Vinton G. Cerf on June 28, 2014
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While I might quibble here and there, Russell captures a great deal of historical detail especially during the 1973-1993 period of Internet's evolution that has not been particularly documented in the past. If I ever get around to writing my own views of this period, I will make good use of Russell's work, in part to jog memories and to use better documentation references than memory can offer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ilya Grigorik on February 7, 2015
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If you haven't already, go read the free "OSI: The Internet That Wasn't" article in IEEE Spectrum (just search for the name), as it'll give you a great preview of what you'll find in this book.

The book provides a fascinating historical look (1900+) at how, and why, the various standards organizations came to be, what drove them, and where they've succeeded and failed. Andrew Russell has clearly done his homework: the book is very well researched and provides plenty of historical vignettes and stories - a great read. And there are lots of stories to tell since standardization is very much a political process that is dominated by colorful personalities.

Curious to understand how the internet as we know it today came to be? What did David Clark really mean when he (now famously) said "We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code." Who were the players, what were the disputes about, and why and how did we arrive at the current architecture? Well, then you've found your book. Great read.
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