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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In a masterly synthesis of history, law, and technology, Ithiel de Sola Pool analyzes the confrontation between the regulators of the new communications technology and the First Amendment. So even the basic physical network will be a network of networks.

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Alexandra rated it it was amazing Sep 05, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

The source of his work was the analysis of speechmakers of totalitarian regimes around the world. Separate ds will have separate networks, as they do now, but these will interconnect.

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Reading this book more than 20 years technologoes 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. Brandy Karl is currently reading it Jun 06, This page was last edited on 27 Octoberat Ithiel de Sola Pool. Eric King added it Sep 11, He coined the term “convergence” to describe the effect of various scientific innovations on society in a futuristic world.


Few scholars or futurists were more accurate in their forecasts about the world of electronic commerce or online communications that was emerging. Ruth rated it liked it Aug 22, In the coming era, technolovies industries of print and the industries of telecommunications will no longer be kept apart by a fundamental difference in their technologies.

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User Review – Flag as inappropriate This technological tour de force is simply breathtaking in its polemical power and predictive capabilities. Retrieved from ” https: About Ithiel de Sola Pool. Foxglove Zayuri marked it as to-read Jan 20, For electronic publishing, copyright enforcement must be adapted to the technology.

Joshua Gans on the economics of information Next post: Monarch marked it as to-read Nov 30, Trivia About Technologies of F The commitment of American culture to pluralism and individual rights is reason for optimism, as is the pliancy and profusion of electronic technology.

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Technologies of Freedom

While at the University of Chicago, he met Judith Grahamwho became an important researcher in hemophilia. Eric Swenson added it Jul 22, It is a masterpiece.

Through them will be published tecgnologies delivered to the public a variety of things: Pool felt that the world was underestimating the importance of communications and technical change. On the contrary, electronic technology is conducive to freedom. John Stephenson rated it freedim was amazing Jul 13, Miriam Williams marked it as to-read Jan 20, Ct satellite Senate spectrum Supreme Court switching poll telecommunications telegraph companies telephone tion traffic transmission transmitted United users value-added network videotex Western Union wire York.


Anthony Molaro rated it it was amazing Nov 28, Thomas rated it really liked it Dec 02, In a masterly synthesis of history, law, and technology, Ithiel de Sola Pool analyzes the confrontation between the regulators of the new communications technology and the First Amendment. Joshua Gans on the economics of information. Pool died in from cancer.

Ithiel de Sola Pool

Pool worried that technological convergence would lead to the convergence of regulatory policies unless action was taken to technoloties electronic publishing and digital networks from analog era regulatory policies:. Bottlenecks should not be used to extend control. For example, long before anyone else had envisioned what we now refer to as “cyberspace,” Pool was describing it in this book. Brandon marked it as to-read Feb 06, 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.

Technologies of Freedom by Ithiel de Sola Pool.