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The Master Switch

The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

By Tim Wu
15-minute read
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu

In The Master Switch, author Tim Wu traces the development of information technology such as radio, film and television and illustrates how great innovations always come to be controlled by big corporations. Critically, Wu asks whether the internet will succumb to the same fate, or if its inherent design could help it avoid corporate domination.

  • Anyone interested in technology
  • Anyone curious about the future of the internet
  • Anyone interested in economics or the information industries

Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate and law professor at Columbia University. He coined “network neutrality,” the principle that internet providers should treat all data on the internet equally. He's written for a number of publications, including Slate, The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Forbes.

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