The Company We Keep

The Company We Keep

by David Alan Grier


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In his new book, David Alan Grier tells the stories that technical papers omit. Moving beyond the stereotypes of nerds and social misfits, The Company We Keep explores the community of people who build, use, and govern modern computing technology. The essays are both insightful and intimate, showing the impact of technology and the human character behind it.

This book examines the development of digital technology by describing how this technology affects the communities that build, adapt, govern, and dispose of it. Centering on Washington, DC, many of the essays use Washington not only as an example of a community but also as a metaphor for how computing technology has connected individuals more closely and more firmly to the centers of political power, economic power, social power, and cultural power.

Based on the author's popular column "The Known World" in Computer magazine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780769547640
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Press
Publication date: 09/10/2012
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

David Alan Grier is a long-term writer for the IEEE Computer Society and is a Fellow of the IEEE. He has served as an EIC and a senior officer for the society. He is the author of books such as When Computers Were Human (Princeton 2005) and Too Soon to Tell (Wiley-IEEE Computer Society 2009). He is currently an associate professor of International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University, where he has taught policy, programming, mathematics, and -- occasionally -- composition.

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