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The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age

Book Description

While digital life races ahead, the rest of our life, from law to business, struggles to keep up. Business strategists, lawyers, judges, regulators, and consumers have all been left behind, scratching their heads, frantically trying to figure out what they can and can’t do. Some want to bring innovation to a standstill (or at least to slow it down) through lawsuits and regulation so they can catch their breath. Others forge madly ahead, legal consequences be damned. 

In The Laws of Disruption, Larry Downes, author of the best-selling Unleashing the Killer App, provides an invaluable guide for these confusing times, exploring nine critical areas in which technology is dramatically rewriting the rules of business and life.

The Laws of Disruption will help business owners and managers understand not only how to avoid being blindsided by customer rebellion, but also how to benefit from it. It will teach lawyers, judges, and regulators when to keep their hands off the system and it will show consumers the consequences of their digital actions.

In the gap created by the Law of Disruption, golden opportunities await those who move quickly.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Introduction
  3. DIGITAL LIFE
  4. DIGITAL LIFE
  5. THE WEIRD
  6. PRIVATE LIFE
    1. LAW ONE: CONVERGENCE - When Worlds Collide
      1. THE LIMITS OF ANALOGY
      2. WHEN NETWORKS CONVERGE
      3. DIGITAL VICE
      4. ANTISOCIAL NETWORKING
    2. LAW TWO: PERSONAL INFORMATION - From Privacy to Propriety
      1. A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR PHONE BOOK
      2. PRIVATE FROM WHOM?
      3. PRIVACY VERSUS TECHNOLOGY
      4. WHO CARES?
      5. THE RISE OF THE PRIVACY MARKET
    3. LAW THREE: HUMAN RIGHTS - Social Contracts in Digital Life
      1. UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM
      2. NETIZEN KANE
      3. WHERE SPEECH IS REALLY FREE
      4. SEARCHING BITS, SEIZING INFORMATION
      5. SOCIAL CONTRACTS IN DIGITAL LIFE
  7. PUBLIC LIFE
    1. LAW FOUR: INFRASTRUCTURE - Rules of the Road on the Information Highway
      1. THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN
      2. CURE FOR THE COMMON CARRIER
      3. AGAINST INTERNET FREEDOM
    2. LAW FIVE: BUSINESS - All Regulation Is Local
      1. LAWS OF GENERAL APPLICABILITY
      2. ROCKS AND SHOALS
      3. TRUST AND ANTITRUST
      4. CONTINUED INTERFERENCE
      5. POSITIVE USES OF ANTICOMPETITION LAWS
    3. LAW SIX: CRIME - Public Wrongs, Private Remedies
      1. PROSECUTORIAL INDISCRETION
      2. THE RISE OF COMPUTER CRIME
      3. CRIMES AGAINST INFORMATION
      4. WHO STEALS MY PURSE
      5. ATTACK OF THE ZOMBIES
      6. SPAM, SPAM, SPAM
      7. AN ARMS RACE TO THE BOTTOM
      8. INFORMATION CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
  8. INFORMATION LIFE
    1. LAW SEVEN: COPYRIGHT - Reset the Balance
      1. A YAWNING CHASM
      2. AN ENLIGHTENED VIEW OF COPYRIGHT
      3. RESETTING THE BALANCE
    2. LAW EIGHT: PATENT - Virtual Machines Need Virtual Lubricants
      1. LIFE AND DEATH AT THE PATENT OFFICE
      2. THE STRATEGY OF PATENTS
      3. PATENT REFORM PENDING
      4. POOLS AND TROLLS
      5. THE MIRACULOUS BIRTH AND UNHAPPY, SHORT LIFE OF BUSINESS PATENTS
    3. LAW NINE: SOFTWARE - Open Always Wins . . . Eventually
      1. THE NINE LIVES OF A LAWSUIT
      2. THE CONTU CALAMITY
      3. THE PATH TO OPEN SOURCE
      4. OPEN ALWAYS WINS
      5. LICENSE TO INNOVATE
  9. CONCLUSION
  10. Acknowledgements
  11. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  12. INDEX
  13. Copyright Page