Digital Medicine

book coverDigital Medicine – Health Care in the Internet Era / West, Darrell M. Brookings Institution Press, 2009

This book, written by public policy researchers at the Brookings Institute, investigates the use of the internet for medical purposes by patients, doctors, and clinical staff. Digital technology will revolutionize medical care, but there are many obstacles to overcome, and the salient ones involve public policy. Well written, hardcover, 150 pages.

Burning the Ships

book coverBurning the Ships : intellectual property and the transformation of Microsoft / Marshall Phelps, Wiley, 2009

Here is an interesting account of how Microsoft re-thought its approach to intellectual property during the 2000’s. It is written by a Microsoft executive who previously managed IBM and helped it reverse its decline by enforcing its patents. In this book, you have to read between the lines. Hardcover, 150 pages.

Infotopia

Infotopia : how many minds produce knowledge / Cass R. Sunstein, Oxford University Press, 2006

Much can be learned from how wikis, prediction markets and open source can generate correct information based on input from many people.¬† “This extraordinary work synthesizes the latest in how we know, with the latest in what the web has become, to map more compellingly than any other book the promise and risk of the information society.”
–Lawrence Lessig

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.