The e-policy handbook

The e-policy handbook : rules and best practices to safely manage your company’s e-mail, blogs, social networking, and other electronic communication tools / Nancy Flynn, American Management Association, 2009

This book is for IT managers in charge of policy for internet use in a business. It may also be useful if you are designing filtering or logging systems.

The pirate’s dilemma

The pirate’s dilemma : how youth culture is reinventing capitalism / Matt Mason, Free Press, 2008

A quote from John Perry Barlow:
Throughout the time I’ve been groping around cyberspace, an immense, unsolved conundrum has remained at the root of nearly every legal, ethical, governmental, and social vexation to be found in the Virtual World. I refer to the problem of digitized property. The enigma is this: If our property can be infinitely reproduced and instantaneously distributed all over the planet without cost, without our knowledge, without its even leaving our possession, how can we protect it? How are we going to get paid for the work we do with our minds? And, if we can’t get paid, what will assure the continued creation and distribution of such work?

Since we don’t have a solution to what is a profoundly new kind of challenge, and are apparently unable to delay the galloping digitization of everything not obstinately physical, we are sailing into the future on a sinking ship.

This book attempts to answer the question above. It’s very readable. It’s not a business book per se, but if you are planning a startup you need to understand all of this.

Programming interviews exposed

Programming interviews exposed : secrets to landing your next job / John Mongan, Noah Suojanen, Eric Giguère. Wiley Pub., 2007

If you work in technology, whether programming or similar, you probably need to look for new work now and then. This book is the best I have seen for advice on how to interview, negotiate pay, and prepare your resume. Useful to hiring managers too.

There is another way to approach this book.  More than half of the book is programming algorithms that you would learn in undergrad CS, and you can read it to refresh your knowledge.

Access denied

Access denied : the practice and policy of global Internet filtering / edited by Ronald Deibert, MIT Press, 2008

This is an important book about freedom of internet access worldwide. The authors are academic leading lights. It reports a detailed survey of counties around the world: what do they attempt to control, how do they do it, and how effective are they. Further, when Google, Yahoo and other companies do business in controlled countries, how should they handle this issue.

Blog rules : a business guide

Blog rules : a business guide to managing policy, public relations, and legal issues / Nancy Flynn, American Management Association, 2006.

The blog is a powerful tool for a business, but it also puts you on thin ice. This book is a guide to the best business practices related to blogging, and the rules that a business needs for managing its blogs.