Ithiel de Sola Pool (October 26, – March 11, ) was a revolutionary figure in the field of social sciences. Pool led groundbreaking research on technology and its effects on society. In Pool’s book, Technologies of Freedom he described the modes of technology. Digital electronics present convergence. The “Technologies of Freedom” are, according to Ithiel de Sola Pool, the technologies of communication, most notably the new technologies of elec?. Stuart N. Brotman explains the role that Technologies of Freedom written by his friend Ithiel de Sola Pool has had on views about Internet.

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The economic and regulatory problems of the electronic media will thus become the problems of the print media too.

Ithiel de Sola Pool’s “Technologies of Freedom” Turns 30

But as long as the First Amendment stands, backed by courts which take it seriously, the loss of liberty is not foreordained. Tony Bergstrom marked it as to-read Nov 11, You might also want to check out how he almost perfectly predicted the copyright policy wars of modern times in his posthumous book, Technologies without Boundaries.

The government and common carriers should be blind to circuit use. Reading this book more than 20 years after it was published, one comes to believe that Pool must have possessed a crystal ball or had a Nostradamus-like ability to foresee the future.

Ithiel de Sola Pool’s “Technologies of Freedom” Turns 30

Foxglove Zayuri marked it as to-read Jan 20, Briefs many court cases, and supplies a detailed Index. Within nations, the satellite carriers, microwave carriers, and local carriers may be—and in the United States almost certainly will be—in the hands of separate organizations, but they will interconnect. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Zak added it Apr 24, Paperbackpages. Ithiel de Sola Pool. On the contrary, electronic technology is conducive to freedom. Inhis name appeared in The Communications Handbookwhich he defined the social and political effects of technological advances in a chapter called “Public Opinion. Bottlenecks should not be used to extend control. However, he would always return to his fascination with technology and communications.

Their first son, Jonathan, was born inand son Robert followed in Antonio Vetro’ rated it it was amazing Jul 14, Lourdes Pereira marked it as to-read Jun 28, Pool felt that the world was underestimating the importance of communications and technical change. Inhe wrote “The Kaiser, the Tsar, and the Computer,” an essay about a computer-simulated international crisis.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Technologies of Freedom: Lack of technical grasp by policy makers and their propensity to solve problems of conflict, privacy, intellectual property, and monopoly by accustomed bureaucratic routines are the main reasons for concern.

Technologies of Freedom

trchnologies Remember folks, he was writing this in the early s, when VCRs and the Sony Walkman were still considered cutting-edge electronic technologies! The First Amendment and Print Media. Pool died in from cancer. Ithiel de Sola Pool October 26, — March 11, was a revolutionary figure in the field of social sciences.

It was, and remains, a remarkable book that is well worth your time whether you read it long ago or are just hearing about it for the first time. The degree of diversity and plenitude of access that mature electronic technology allows far exceed what is enjoyed today. In a masterly synthesis of history, law, and technology, Ithiel de Uthiel Pool analyzes the confrontation between the regulators of the new communications technology and the First Amendment Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Princess De sagitario marked it as to-read Dec 14, Pool led groundbreaking research on technology and its effects on society.

Technologies of Freedom by Ithiel de Sola Pool

Excellent text on policy. Printing and the Evolution of a Free Press.

He argues that restrictive government regulation is not inevitable. Allison added it Oct 11, Eric King added it Sep 11, These modes of communicating ideas are becoming one single grand system.

Through them will be published or delivered to the public a variety of things: Alexandra rated it it was amazing Sep 05, Massachusetts Fresdom of Technology. John Bensley marked it as to-read Jul 23, Technologies of Freedom by Ithiel de Sola Pool. Michaela marked it as to-read Jul 28, And on top of the physical networks will be a pyramid of service networks.

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