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Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems by Urs Gasser, John Palfrey

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Architectures of the Future: Building a Better World
We, as societies, are rapidly building the information architectures of the future. As we do so, much will turn on how interconnected these systems are and how their interoperability is managed. For instance, interoperability is at the core of the fast-growing social web, of Facebook and Google and those whole swaths of life mediated by networked mobile devices. The principle of interoperability is proving essential as we move our health records into electronic formats in search of better care at lower costs. It makes possible the air traffic control system that keeps travelers far safer than they would be without it. Interoperability is central to the development of sustainable ...

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