《Preloved Hardcover + Exploring 9 Critical Areas Technology Is Rewriting The Rules Of Business and Life》Larry Downes - THE LAWS OF DISRUPTION : Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age
This Financial Times bestseller in hardcover edition is a preloved book with good condition and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. Noted that the content pages are having slight yellowing . The original new book is sold at usual price RM105.60. Now here Only at RM16. While digital life races ahead, the rest of our life, from law to business, struggles to keep up. Business strategists, lawyers, judges, regulators, and consumers have all been left behind, scratching their heads, frantically trying to figure out what they can and can’t do. Some want to bring innovation to a standstill (or at least to slow it down) through lawsuits and regulation so they can catch their breath. Others forge madly ahead, legal consequences be damned. The author of "Unleashing the Killer App" takes you on a guided tour of the gap between the outer edge of innovation and our ability to keep up with it. Ten years into the Internet revolution, it is painfully clear that one key element of the digital infrastructure has failed to develop. Our legal system, forged in the factories of the Industrial Revolution, is failing on a daily basis, threatening to shut down the entire enterprise. Every day brings new stories of expensive lawsuits, legislative battles and global regulatory disruptions that pit consumers against business, business against government, and property rights against information rules. Whether it's the civil disobedience of You Tube posters willfully ignoring intellectual property laws, a grassroots consumer movement determined to establish a new privacy order in a world of information transparency, or the rapidly-growing barter economy of 'open source', conflicts between old rules and new ways of living are accelerating. This is the Law of Disruption - the gap that opens up between technological breakthroughs and our ability to keep up. Larry Downes described it ten years ago in his bestselling book "Unleashing the Killer App", and now he's back to tell us what we can do about it. In "The Law of Disruption", Downes reveals how the rapid expansion of our virtual lives is dismantling the rusty infrastructure that governs them, even as a new version better suited to the unique features of the information economy is forming. The Law of Disruption, the natural by-product of information technology, reflects unstoppable forces that are changing the landscape of modern life. In the gap created by the Law of Disruption - between aspiration and engineering, individual rights and community needs, between the potential of entrepreneurs and the practicalities of the market - golden opportunities await those who move quickly. As the new geography of the information economy is being drawn, those with a good map will be far ahead. Here is that good map - for consumers, for business, and for government. Will you take advantage or be left behind? In The Laws of Disruption, Larry Downes, author of the best-selling Unleashing the Killer App, provides an invaluable guide for these confusing times, exploring nine critical areas in which technology is dramatically rewriting the rules of business and life. The Laws of Disruption will help business owners and managers understand not only how to avoid being blindsided by customer rebellion, but also how to benefit from it. It will teach lawyers, judges, and regulators when to keep their hands off the system and it will show consumers the consequences of their digital actions. In the gap created by the Law of Disruption, golden opportunities await those who move quickly. ------------------------------------------------ Financial Times Review : If you thought the financial crisis was bad, just wait. The absence of credit will seem like nothing as industries are ripped asunder by the internet. And where will lawmakers be then? Cluelessly trying to apply industrial-age sticking plasters to digital problems, most probably. That is the message of The Laws of Disruption, a book that promises a framework for business leaders, regulators, lawyers and consumers hoping to navigate their way through the coming bloodbath in many industries and areas of life. Larry Downes first expounded the law of disruption – that technology develops exponentially while social, economic and legal systems change incrementally – in his 2000 bestseller Unleashing the Killer App. Nine years on, many companies face stark decisions as the internet tears up their business model: adapt or die. The book explains how digital life has changed. Downes, a journalist and consultant, argues that two forces are driving the law of disruption: Moore’s law that computing power doubles every year or so, and Metcalfe’s law that the power of a network increases exponentially with each new user. We are forever playing catch-up. Downes then looks at nine areas where the law of disruption is causing havoc and offers solutions. The book exposes many outdated laws and regulations that have been (mis-)applied to cases concerning online activity and technology. There are also some eye-opening passages that expose how consumers have become confused by illusions of privacy over personal data. Sadly, the book is let down by the solutions it proffers. All too often, Downes suggests that the market should be left to its own devices, and that an absence of regulation would be best. However, this won’t work in industries where the market is clearly failing – such as the 200bn spam e-mails that clog the internet every day. Equally, in the privacy debate, a superb initial analysis is undermined by naive statements such as, “Even if governments wanted to know everything that happens in our lives ... there isn’t enough technology at their disposal to do it.” Elsewhere, Downes seems to suggest that antitrust cases are pointless as technology supersedes the debate. Perhaps this is so but that is surely an argument for swifter action by regulators, rather than ignoring unfair practice. Most frustrating, perhaps, is the chapter on copyright. Downes trashes the law in its current form and has some fun on the way: I was astounded to discover that filming your family singing “Happy Birthday” infringes the copyright of Warner Music. But the transition for newspapers and film studios to digital content is not, as he suggests, simply a question of willpower. Despite the book’s shortcomings, Downes eloquently expresses the problems that many industries face and shows how using old laws to maintain the status quo is futile. The digital revolution is here and we will make sense of it – somehow. ---------------------------------------------------- About the Author Larry Downes has been a leading voice in the development of business strategies that exploit disruptive technologies, and his clients include leaders in the manufacturing, services, and high technology industries. With a background in business, technology and law, he works at the forefront of difficult issues of public policy and corporate behaviour. Downes writes regularly on issues of law and business for Harvard Business Review and, since 2004, has been a featured columnist for the US publication CIO Insight, where he writes "The Legal Jungle." A former columnist for the groundbreaking new US economy magazine The Industry Standard, Downes also writes frequently on technology law for the editorial page of USA. He is currently a Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society. He lives in Kensington, California.
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