Tim Wu on the Rise and Fall of Information Empires

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Networking Equipment (Flickr: xeni)

It's a debate that's been around for as long as the Internet has been around: How do we keep the information superhighway open and beneficial for the public in a world that seems increasingly driven by corporations? The question has inspired plenty of debate about modern treatment of older principals, but author Tim Wu insists this debate isn’t new. He says it’s been around as long as communication structures have existed — from the telephone and radio to television.

Wu’s new book is called the “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires” and it both explores the past, and helps us look ahead from the past to the future of information technology – and who controls it.

Guests:

Tim Wu

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

dorothy from San Francisco

Very interesting and insightful hour long discussion on NPR this morning with Dr. Wu. He obviously has a lot of depth in this subject matter after listening to him today. I'm going to buy the book. Particularly interested in the sections that highlight the early history of telecommunications/IT.

Nov. 17 2010 01:13 PM

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