Anarchist in the Library

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Book: Vaidhyanathan, Siva (2004). The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System. New York, NY: Basic Books.

Interview by the author on his book at http://www.nyu.edu/classes/siva/2004/05/faq-about-anarchist-in-library.html


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"Peer-to-peer networks have existed as long as gossip and word-of-mouth advertising--but with the rise of electronic communication, they are suddenly coming into their own. and they are drawing the outlines of a battle for information that will determine much of the culture and politics of our century, from file-sharing websites like Gnutella to private edits of Star Wars to the neo-Nazi concept of "leaderless resistance." On one side, trying to maintain control of information--and profits--are legislators, judges, cabinet officers, entertainment conglomerates, and multinational corporations. On the other side, trying to liberate information, are educators, computer programmers, civil libertarians, artists, consumers, and dissidents under all sorts of regimes.

Vaidhyanathan draws upon examples ranging from ancient religions to open-source software to show how this battle will be one of the defining fault lines of twenty-first-century civilization. His radical and original explanation of the future of information is a warning shot that will mobilize anarchists and controllers alike." (http://www.itworldcanada.com/c/Book-Internet-Social-Political-Economic-Implications.html)