Saturday, April 26, 2008

Internet and American Business

I strongly recommend William Aspray and Paul E. Ceruzzi, eds., The Internet and American Business (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008). This is a “historical study of the effect of the Internet . . . on traditional business practices in the United States,” beginning in 1992 “when the U.S. Congress first permitted the Internet to be used by people besides academic, government, or military users.” There is a wide array of contributions (and contributors) on the history of the Internet, search engines and portals, software development, commercial uses of the Internet, the transformation of certain industries, the emergence of new industrial and commercial forms, and social, regulatory, and community issues.

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