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The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 13, 2009
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“Larry Downes’ Laws of Disruption is important reading for all of us. It provides valuable guidance for confronting innovations and reacting to them with vision and responsibility, and eye-opening examples of the failures that result when we don't.”
Paul F. Nunes, Executive Research Fellow, Accenture Institute for High Performance
“There is no one better than Larry Downes to explain to us the complicated interaction between law and digital life, and what it all means for business. In The Laws of Disruption, Downes brings to life how industrial age law is leaving today’s companies in the lurch, and how tomorrow’s businesses and business leaders will usher in a new age of lawful innovation, content creation, and content ownership, one that will deliver meaningful rights to companies and ordinary citizens alike. Ignorance of the law is no excuse—not knowing the Law of Disruption in today’s rapidly digitizing world could prove fatal.”
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
“The convergence of information and communications technology is fundamentally disruptive—we’ve known this for a long time. Downes’ model helps clarify where, and how, to pay attention.”
David Hornik, General Partner, August Capital
“The Laws of Disruption is a must read for entrepreneurs. Many of the most interesting venture backed technology companies to emerge in the last decade (e.g. Google, Skype, YouTube, Facebook) have been products of the Laws of Disruption. Larry Downes’ book may well serve as the guide to my next great investments.”
Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University and co-author, Who Controls the Internet?
“Critical reading if you want to understand the last ten years—and be ready for the next ten.”
The Conference Board Review
“Downes offers a guided tour of what’s happening and what’s next, what’s legal and what’s not, and how all of it is likely to impact individuals and businesses. Laced with examples of how conflicts and shifts are playing out in real life, the book looks beyond typical strategic advice, offering a fresh and valuable perspective.”
Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2009
“The Internet is our own era's big disrupter. We already know how it has changed our habits and ways of doing things. Mr. Downes says that its long-term effects on society will be even greater. . . .there is no doubt that a lot more disruption lies ahead.”
Financial Times, November 7, 2009
“. . . Downes eloquently expresses the problems that many industries face and shows how using old laws to maintain the status quo is futile. The digital revolution is here and we will make sense of it – somehow.”
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In terms of what it all means for public policy, Downes doesn't so much fear legal and regulatory over-reach the way many cyber-libertarians do. Rather, he thinks most regulatory schemes just won't work. In essence, he is a technological fatalist or consequentialist: Progress happens whether we like it or not, so get used to it! Thus, the "laws of disruption" he articulates serve primarily as "Just-Don't-Bother" warnings to over-eager government meddlers. "The best way to regulate innovation is to leave it alone," he counsels.
In terms of structure, The Laws of Disruption resembles "Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion" by Abelson, Ledeen, and Lewis.Read more ›
In The Laws of Disruption, Downes asserts that there are three laws of digital life. Together, they comprise "the laws of disruption."
Moore's Law: In an article published in 1965, Gordon Moore (the founder of Intel) claimed that the number of transistors on his company's chips would double every year or two without increasing their cost to users.Read more ›
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I am surprised at how many people seemed to have liked this book. It is badly written, badly researched and full of generalizations. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by eliza
"The Law of Disruption," writes Larry Downes, "is a simple but unavoidable principle of modern life: technology changes exponentially, but social, economic, and legal systems... Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA
Business strategist Larry Downes, author of Unleashing the Killer App, is much more specific than most authors about how digital technologies are changing the world - and why... Read morePublished on May 17, 2010 by Rolf Dobelli
The Laws of Disruption is a fairly short book - only 280 pages of actual text. One would think that it would be a quick read, maybe a long coast-to-coast plane ride. Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by R. Keahey