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   Ironbound Press published a series of three books on the Internet by J. R. Okin during 2005. The Internet Revolution series combines the story of the Internet's creation, development, and use with a detailed explanation of the Internet's technology and an insightful exploration of its impact on our lives. If you wonder about the distinction between the Internet and the Web, if you are curious about how computers exchange and share information, if you want to understand how a chat room works or how email makes its way so quickly across the Internet, or if you want to know how the Internet was built, how it developed, and where it may be heading, these books are for you.
   The first book of the series is The Internet Revolution. Its focus is on the history and technology of the Internet. It explains (among other things) how the Internet operates, how it is used, and why it succeeded in becoming such a dominant presence in our lives.
   The second book of the series is The Information Revolution. Its focus is on the history and technology of the World Wide Web. It explains how the Web was invented, how it operates on the Internet and how it has changed the Internet, how it is used, and where it is heading.
   The third book of the series is The Technology Revolution. Its focus is on the impact of the Internet's and of the Web's technology. It explores how this new technology is affecting the privacy and security of information, how it is changing how we socialize and altering our definition of community, how it has created something called the 'Digital Divide,' and what its ever-increasing use may mean with respect to ourselves, our children, our jobs, and our communities.
The Internet Revolution Series
Who built the Internet? Who controls it, maintains it, and makes decisions about the services it offers and the information it carries? What defines the Internet, and how does it work? The Internet Revolution answers questions that other books on the Internet avoid or barely examine. Click HERE for more information.
The Internet Revolution
ISBN: 0-9763857-5-9 (Paperback)
ISBN: 0-9763857-6-7 (Hardback)
Pages: 384
Publication Date: June 2005
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From First Monday, Douglas Kocher, August 2005:
J. R. Okin's new book on the Internet is part history, part Internet protocol analysis, and part social consequences review in its treatment of the communication revolution we now know the Internet to be. Okin is at his best in discussing why the Internet succeeded, and what the components of that success were. ... Okin excels in the eighth chapter's delineation of the specific strategies which fostered growth of the Internet. Other chapters, such as the one on development of e-mail and its sociological impact, and a chapter on the various forms of chat and MUDSs (Multi-User Dungeons/Dimensions) are similarly well-handled. He is especially adept at explaining how individual pieces of the Internet, such as e-mail, contribute to the creation of cyberspace and cyberculture. ... this text is a useful addition to one's Internet library.

From The Midwest Book Review, James A. Cox, September 2005:
The Internet Revolution ... is both a modern history lesson and a practical how-to guide combined into one exciting exploration of the technological marvel of the Internet. ... A fascinating tour ideal for closely familiarizing oneself with [how] the digital institution continues to transform the modern world.

Who created the Web and why? How did its introduction change the Internet? How did the Web change businesses, governments, research and charitable organizations? How did it affect the way we locate information, buy products, and entertain ourselves? Why did it dramatically impact the use of computers and computer networking? The Information Revolution answers these questions and many more. Click HERE for more information.
The Information Revolution
ISBN: 0-9763857-3-2 (Paperback)
ISBN: 0-9763857-4-0 (Hardback)
Pages: 352
Publication Date: September 2005
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From First Monday, Douglas Kocher, October 2005:
[In The Information Revolution] Okin does a very good job of showing the long process of development surrounding hypertext and hyperlinking that necessarily predated the actual establishment of the first World Wide Web server in 1990. ... Okin reviews how HTTP, URLs, HTML, browsers, and Web servers interact, and how each is a vital but not self-sufficient ingredient in the Webís success. These accounts, while dry at times, are invariably lucid. ... Okinís discussion of the history and mechanisms of the Web is supplemented by coverage of its uses by multimedia providers, businesses, and tracking services which employ features such as Web bugs. He gives several effective examples of business successes and failures, showing why success is linked to a business understanding of what the Web is and isnít, and why it requires businesses to integrate their information interfaces with their Web presence. ... For this reviewer Okinís presentation on the Semantic Web, the last chapter in the book, is the most compelling in the volume. The author shows how the collective interaction of HTML, XML (Extensible Markup Language) and RDF (Resource Description Framework) could transform the Web from being information based to knowledge based. ... Okinís second book retains the valuable documentation methods of his first, making it another good addition to an Internet library and a text readers may find themselves returning to as the Internet continues its fascinating development.

How did the technology of the Internet incite a revolution? How - as if overnight - did computers, computer networking, and the Internet transform how we communicate, stay informed, socialize, perform our jobs, and spend time at home? What are the short term and long term consequences of this revolution? The Technology Revolution explores the impact, perils, and promise of the Internet. Click HERE for more information.
The Technology Revolution
ISBN: 0-9763857-1-6 (Paperback)
ISBN: 0-9763857-2-4 (Hardback)
Pages: 288
Publication Date: December 2005
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