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.
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