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Author Newman, Nathan, 1966-
Title Net loss : Internet prophets, private profits, and the costs to community / Nathan Newman.
Imprint University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002.

Author Newman, Nathan, 1966-
Series Book collections on Project MUSE.
UPCC book collections on Project MUSE. Archive Political Science and Policy Studies Foundation.
Subject Internet industry -- Government policy -- United States.
Internet -- Government policy -- United States.
Industrial promotion -- United States -- Regional disparities -- Case studies.
Computer industry -- California -- Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County)
Computer industry -- Developing countries.
International division of labor.
Globalization -- Economic aspects -- United States.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1981- -- Regional disparities.
Description 1 online resource (xxi, 399 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-379) and index.
Contents Introduction -- How the federal government created the Internet, and how the Internet is threatened by the government's withdrawal -- Federal spending and the regionalizing of technology development -- Business cooperation and the business politics of regions in the information age -- Banks, electricity, and phones : technology, regional decline, and the marketization of fixed capital -- Local government up for bid : Internet taxes, economic development, and public information -- Conclusion : the death of community economics, or think locally, act globally.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Print version record.
Summary How has the Internet been changing our lives, and how did these changes come about? Nathan Newman seeks the answers to these questions by studying the emergence of the Internet economy in Silicon Valley and the transformation of power relations it has brought about in our new information age. Net Loss is his effort to understand why technological innovation and growth have been accompanied by increasing economic inequality and a sense of political powerlessness among large sectors of the population. Newman first tells the story of the federal government's crucial role in the early development of the Internet, with the promotion of open computer standards and collaborative business practices that became the driving force of the Silicon Valley model. He then examines the complex dynamic of the process whereby regional economies have been changing as business alliances built around industries like the Internet replace the broader public investments that fueled regional growth in the past. A radical restructuring of once regionally focused industries like banking, electric utilities, and telephone companies is under way, with changes in federal regulation helping to undermine regional planning and the power of local community actors. The rise of global Internet commerce itself contributes to weakening the tax base of local governments, even as these governments increasingly use networked technology to market themselves and their citizens to global business, usually at the expense of all but their most elite residents. More optimistically, Newman sees an emerging countertrend of global use of the Internet by grassroots organizations, such as those in the antiglobalization movements, that may help to transcend this local powerlessness.
ISBN 0271031298 (electronic bk.)
9780271031293 (electronic bk.)
9780271054407 (electronic bk.)
0271054409 (electronic bk.)
9780271022048 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Publisher # MWT11648507
OCLC # 74671491
Additional Format Print version: Newman, Nathan, 1966- Net loss. University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002 0271022043 0271022051 (DLC) 2001053633 (OCoLC)48375794

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