The Heart of the Internet

The Heart of the Internet by Jacques Vallee, Ph.D.The Heart of the Internet
An Insider’s View of the Origin and Promise of the On-Line Revolution

by Jacques Vallee, Ph.D.

Jacques Vallee was among the engineers and visionaries who set up the Internet, hoping to connect people–not control them–through information. For a few years, it seemed that this dream was being realized. But after the dot com crash of 2001, much of the Web’s information flowed into the media giants and corporate conglomerates, leaving millions of Net denizens without true freedom of choice. And then there is the threat of government snooping. . . .

All is not lost, but it is time for public and private actions to rebuild the dream and win back our freedom. In The Heart of the Internet, Vallee:

  • reconstructs the history of computer technology and destroys a few myths…
  • uses first-person recollections and notes to describe the series of breakthroughs that transformed computers from calculating machines to universal platforms for new media;
  • describes the internet in today’s marketplace, pressured on the one hand by commercial interests seeking to influence not merely our purchases but our thoughts, and on the other by governmental obsession to harness the whole system to its own narrow definitions of security–sacrificing our privacy and possibly our freedom in the process;
  • states a set of principles for network citizens and suggests how we can create new standards for Internet usage.

From the back cover:

“Obligatory reading for anybody interested in the history, evolution and future of this epoch-shaping technology, whose full promise has yet to be realized. Dr. Jacques Vallee, an eminent computer scientist who was present at the creation of the Internet, brings both knowledge and understanding to this important debate.”

— Stephens E. Millard, Co-founder of five Nasdaq companies
Advisory Board member, the Wharton School and the Kellogg School
Member of the Board of Visitors, National Defense University

“Among the many books written about the Internet, this one has unusual merit because Jacques Vallee was there during the infancy of the network. It is fun to read his recollections as a key hands-on pioneer. His aspirations and visions, and those of his colleagues at SRI and the Institute for the Future, led to the first Network Information Center and to revolutionary ways of conducting group communications. This work made possible the large simultaneous interactions of today.”

— Paul Baran, Invented packet switching in 1961

You can purchase this book at Amazon online

ISBN: 978-1571743695 Hardcover. 201 pages. Soft cover available.
Publisher: Hampton Roads Pub Co Inc; Russell Targ Editions; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)

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