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Ithiel de Sola Pool (October 26, – March 11, ) was a revolutionary figure in the field of social sciences. Pool led groundbreaking research on technology and its effects on society. In Pool’s book, Technologies of Freedom he described the modes of technology. Digital electronics present convergence. The “Technologies of Freedom” are, according to Ithiel de Sola Pool, the technologies of communication, most notably the new technologies of elec?. Stuart N. Brotman explains the role that Technologies of Freedom written by his friend Ithiel de Sola Pool has had on views about Internet.

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It technolofies the book that inspired me when I first read in to abandon my chosen field of study trade policy and do a deep dive into the then uncharted waters of information technology policy.

Ithiel de Sola Pool’s “Technologies of Freedom” Turns 30

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Cable Television and the End of Scarcity. In a masterly synthesis of history, law, and technology, Ithiel de Sola Pool analyzes the confrontation freedo, the regulators of the new communications technology and the First Amendment.

Brandon marked it as to-read Feb 06, In the coming era, the industries of print and the industries of telecommunications will no longer be kept apart by a fundamental difference in their technologies. Allison added it Oct 11, Lourdes Pereira marked it as to-read Jun 28, Mmyoung added it Apr 30, Inhe wrote “The Kaiser, the Tsar, and the Computer,” an essay about a computer-simulated international crisis. Ken rated it really liked it Jul 04, Inhis name appeared in The Communications Handbookwhich he defined the social and political effects of technological advances in a chapter called “Public Opinion.


User Review – Flag as inappropriate This technological tour de force is simply breathtaking in its polemical power and predictive capabilities.

Technologies of Freedom by Ithiel de Sola Pool

Books by Ithiel de Sola Pool. Meanwhile, he did all this while also providing a passionate defense of technological freedom and freedom of speech in the electronic age. And I challenge you to find another Internet policy book since Technologies of Freedom that has contained more elegant, inspiring prose.

Matthew Bradley added it Jul 29, Wessel van Rensburg marked it as to-read Jul 09, But what made Technologies of Freedom truly special is that Pool did not stop with predictive judgments and scenarios about future tech developments.

Steven marked it as to-read Aug 10, No longer can electronic communications be viewed as a special circumscribed case of a monopolistic and regulated communications medium which poses no danger to liberty because there still remains a large realm of unlimited freedom of expression in the print media.

In the course of his career, he would make startlingly accurate predictions about technology and society. Anyone may publish at will. John Bensley marked it as to-read Jul 23, Rick Marshall added it Jun 05, At that point in his career, he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relationsadvising several countries around the world.

About Ithiel de Sola Pool. His sister was Naomi de Sola Pool, a physician. Miriam Williams marked it as to-read Jan 20, De Sola Pool eventually became the leading authority on the social and political effects of communications. While at the University of Chicago, he met Judith Grahamwho became an important researcher in hemophilia. Digital electronics present convergence between historically separated modes of communication.


But as long as the First Amendment stands, backed by courts which take it seriously, the loss of liberty is not foreordained. The government and common carriers should be blind to circuit use.

Ithiel de Sola Pool’s “Technologies of Freedom” Turns 30

Printing and the Evolution of a Free Press. The economic and regulatory problems of the electronic media will thus become the problems of the print media too.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lyell marked it as to-read Apr 29, On the contrary, electronic technology is conducive to freedom. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Technologies of Freedom: Foxglove Zayuri marked it as to-read Jan 20, This page was ihtiel edited on 27 Octoberat Princess De sagitario marked it as to-read Dec 14, The First Amendment applies fully to all media.

Lack of technical grasp by policy makers and their propensity to solve problems of conflict, privacy, intellectual property, and monopoly by accustomed bureaucratic routines are the main reasons for concern.

As a technologiess man, Pool was a devout Trotskyitethough he quickly became disillusioned with this form of politics after seeing people’s ideals used to take away the freedom for which they had initially fought.

Peter rated it it was amazing Jan 25, Judith Graham Pool m. Languages Eesti Edit links. How can we preserve free speech in an electronic age?