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The New Communications Technologies, 5th Edition

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As new communications applications are developed and brought to market, it is vital for communications professionals to keep abreast of these issues. Since the technologies and applications also affect our daily lives, it is important to understand how they will shape the country and, by extension, the world at large. International censorship, the impact of the Internet and wireless tools, and th legisation following the World Trade Center bombing all fall into this category.

The New Communications Technologies, Fifth Edition, provides vital information on the new and emerging technologies that will shape the way communicators do business. The book explores the new communications technologies and covers topics ranging from multimedia and production to satellites to digital communication. Just as important, the book examines the social, economic, and political impact brought about by the adoption of such technologies and applications; this fallout includes privacy concerns, First Amendment issues, and the implications raised by biometric systems.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. I Foundation
    1. Chapter 1: Communication in the Modern Age
      1. Basic Concepts
      2. Systems Approach: Electromagnetic Pulse Biometrics
      3. Conclusion
      4. References/Notes
      5. Suggested Readings
      6. Glossary
    2. Chapter 2: Technical Foundations of Modern Communication
      1. Basic Concepts
      2. Digital Technology
      3. Advantages of a Digital Communications System
      4. Disadvantages of Digital Communications
      5. Standards
      6. References/Notes
      7. Suggested Readings
      8. Glossary
    3. Chapter 3: Computer Technology Primer
      1. Hardware
      2. The Microcomputer
      3. Computer Software
      4. Printers and Local Area Networks
      5. Conclusion
      6. References/Notes
      7. Suggested Readings
      8. Glossary
    4. Chapter 4: Computer Technology: Legal Issues, Y2K, and Artificial Intelligence
      1. Legal Issues
      2. Y2K
      3. Artificial Intelligence
      4. References/Notes
      5. Suggested Readings
      6. Glossary
  9. II Information Transmission
    1. Chapter 5: The Magic Light: Fiber-Optic Systems
      1. Overview
      2. Applications
      3. Conclusion
      4. References/Notes
      5. Suggested Readings
      6. Glossary
    2. Chapter 6: Satellites: Operations and Applications
      1. Satellite Technology
      2. General Satellite Services
      3. Direct Broadcast Satellites
      4. Satellites, Journalists, and the News
      5. Conclusion
      6. References/Notes
      7. Suggested Readings
      8. Glossary
    3. Chapter 7: Satellites: New Developments, Launch Vehicles, and Space Law
      1. Future Satellite Technology
      2. Launch Vehicles
      3. Space Exploration
      4. References/Notes
      5. Suggested Readings
      6. Glossary
    4. Chapter 8: Wireless Technology and Mobile Communication
      1. Wireless Systems
      2. Mobile Wireless Services
      3. Cellular Telephone and Personal Communication Services
      4. Conclusion
      5. References/Notes
      6. Suggested Readings
      7. Glossary
  10. III Information Storage
    1. Chapter 9: Information Storage: The Optical Disk and Holography
      1. Optical Disk Overview
      2. Nonrecordable Media
      3. Recordable Media
      4. Other Issues
      5. Holography
      6. References/Notes
      7. Suggested Readings
      8. Glossary
  11. IV Production Technologies
    1. Chapter 10: Desktop Publishing
      1. Hardware—The Computer, Monitor, and Printer
      2. Scanners
      3. Digital/Electronic Still Cameras
      4. Software
      5. Desktop Publishing Guidelines
      6. Applications
      7. Conclusion
      8. References/Notes
      9. Suggested Readings
      10. Glossary
    2. Chapter 11: Desktop Video and Multimedia Productions
      1. Multimedia
      2. Desktop Video
      3. Applications and Implications
      4. Production Considerations
      5. References/Notes
      6. Suggested Readings
      7. Glossary
    3. Chapter 12: The Production Environment: Personal Computers, Digital Technology, and Audio-Video Systems
      1. Production Equipment and Applications
      2. Digital Recording
      3. Information Management and Operations
      4. Conclusion
      5. References/Notes
      6. Suggested Readings
      7. Glossary
    4. Chapter 13: Digital Television and Digital Audio Broadcasting
      1. High Definition Television
      2. Digital Audio Broadcasting
      3. References/Notes
      4. Suggested Readings
      5. Glossary
    5. Chapter 14: The Production Environment: Colorization and Other Technology Issues
      1. Colorization
      2. Image Manipulation
      3. Multimedia Legal and Broader Implications
      4. Virtual Reality
      5. Electronic Music
      6. Paperless Society
      7. The Democratization and Free Flow of Information—Maybe
      8. Conclusion
      9. References/Notes
      10. Suggested Readings
      11. Glossary
  12. V Information, Entertainment, & Communications Services
    1. Chapter 15: The Cable and Telephone Industries and Your Home
      1. Video-on-Demand
      2. The Entertainment-Information Merger
      3. Conclusion
      4. References/Notes
      5. Suggested Readings
      6. Glossary
    2. Chapter 16: Teleconferencing and Computer Conferencing
      1. Teleconferencing Introduction
      2. Videoconferences
      3. Audioconferences
      4. Other Considerations
      5. Personal Videoconferences
      6. Advantages of Teleconferencing
      7. Computer Conferencing
      8. Conclusion
      9. References/Notes
      10. Suggested Readings
      11. Glossary
    3. Chapter 17: Information Services: The Internet and the World Wide Web
      1. Introduction
      2. Other Systems
      3. World Wide Web
      4. Internet and Web Growth
      5. Other Considerations
      6. Conclusion
      7. References/Notes
      8. Suggested Readings
      9. Glossary
  13. VI The Law
    1. Chapter 18: E-Mail and Privacy
      1. Federal Case Law
      2. Federal Legislation
      3. State Legislation and Case Law
      4. Conclusion
      5. References/Notes
      6. Suggested Readings
      7. Glossary
    2. Chapter 19: First Amendment and Online Obscenity
      1. The Communications Decency Act
      2. Child Online Protection Act
      3. Filtering
      4. International Response to Online Obscenity
      5. The V-Chip and the First Amendment
      6. Conclusion
      7. References/Notes
      8. Suggested Readings
      9. Glossary
    3. Chapter 20: Other First Amendment Issues: Libel, Hate Speech, Cyberstalking, and Copyright
      1. Introduction
      2. Online Libel
      3. Hate on the Internet
      4. Cyberstalking
      5. Copyright
      6. Conclusion
      7. References/Notes
      8. Suggested Readings
      9. Glossary
    4. Chapter 21: New Technologies: Wiretapping, Privacy, and Related First Amendment Issues
      1. Wiretapping and Encryption
      2. Surveillance Beyond the Year 2000
      3. The USA PATRIOT Act
      4. Conclusion
      5. References/Notes
      6. Suggested Readings
      7. Glossary
  14. Afterword
  15. Index