Next Digital Decade Book Launch
I just wanted to announce an event I’ll be speaking at today, part of a book launch. Berin Szoka explains the premise of the “Next Digital Decade” project:
As the historian Robert Nisbet so elegantly put it: “the condition as well as the ultimate purpose of progress is the greatest possible degree of freedom of the individual.” This book’s twenty-six contributors explore this theme and its interaction with relentless technological change from a wide variety of perspectives.
This book is the perfect synthesis of the themes and topics that set me down the path of studying Internet policy in the late 1990s, and weaves together most of the major books and authors that have influenced the evolution of my own thinking on cyberlaw and policy. I hope this collection of essays will offer students of the field the kind of authoritative survey that would have greatly accelerated my own studies. Even more, I hope this volume excites and inspires those who may someday produce similar scholarship of their own—perhaps to be collected in a similar volume celebrating another major Internet milestone.
I am deeply grateful to Shane Tews, Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Relations at VeriSign, who first suggested publishing this sort of a collection to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first .COM domain name (registered in 1985) by asking what the future might bring for the Internet. Just as I hope readers of this book will be, she had been inspired by reading Who Rules the Net? Internet Governance & Jurisdiction, a collection of cyberlaw essays edited by Adam Thierer and Clyde Wayne Crews, and published by the Cato Institute in 2003.
Szoka characterizes my work in the introduction as a proposal for a “Digital New Deal—a la francaise.” There should be some interesting conversations! Thanks also to the organizers for making the book freely available online.