Esther Dyson has long been regarded as the most powerful woman in the computer world. In this book she explodes the myths and mysteries surrounding the Internet and explores its role in our future, both in business and our everyday lives.
Dyson shows how the Net will have a positive impact on commerce: providing new markets, improving communication, accelerating the flow of information and aiding business networking. Power will shift towards the "little guy" and give individuals greater control over many aspects of their lives: a child can write to a president, a Hungarian merchant can find a Chinese customer, a publication can be read anywhere is the world.
The conflicts which can arise from a digital society - between privacy and openness, security and freedom, commerce and community - are also addressed here, and the challenge is offered to parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and consumers alike to actively and responsibly shape a social contract for our wired future.