Lost in Cyberspace?

Description

149 pages
Contains Bibliography, Index
$19.95
ISBN 1-55028-518-1
DDC 303.48'34'0971

Year

1997

Contributor

Reviewed by Jeffrey Moon

Jeffrey Moon is head of the Documents Reference/Data Centre at Queen’s
University.

Review

Lost in Cyberspace? provides a wake-up call for Canadians who are
concerned about their place in cyberspace. Rather than focusing on
hardware, software, and technological innovations, the book deals almost
exclusively with public policy and social concerns arising from the
so-called information highway. It takes a long, hard look at the birth,
rise, and future of the “highway” and raises some provocative
questions.

The authors draw on quotes from sources in government, lobby groups,
labor, journalism, academia, and industry. They effectively probe such
topics as copyright, corporate monopolies, the role of the state,
“spamming,” censorship/privacy, the global economy, and “inforoute
anxiety.” The chapter dealing with the Internet provides as good an
overview of key issues as any I have read. The book, which includes a
detailed index, endnotes, and suggested readings, provides a good
starting point for further investigation.

This well-written and entertaining book is recommended for Canadian
cybernauts and cyber-nots alike.

Citation

Chodos, Robert, Rae Murphy, and Eric Hamovitch., “Lost in Cyberspace?,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 14, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/4717.