Interview with Uyless Black, author of Digital Societies and the Internet

Describe your book in one sentence.

Internet users can mold the “Internet of Everything” to be beneficial if they understand the Internet’s past, present, and issues that will affect its future; otherwise, users could lose control of the new extraordinary creation, which would be destructive.

Why did you choose to write about this particular topic?

Having written thirty-five (35) books on the Internet to supplement my lecturing and consulting in fourteen countries, I wrote a composite of those books for Internet users—business, government, and individual—to help fill their technology expertise gap, empower them to greater productivity, and to raise awareness of issues.

What did your research entail for this book?

I have been deeply immersed in the Internet since its inception. I specialized in wireless communications and cryptography while serving as a U.S. Navy Officer in Vietnam, started working with the Internet, then called ARPANET, wrote one of the first Internet books as well as a bestselling, acclaimed book titled, Voice over IP (VOIP), lectured and consulted in 14 countries on Internet protocols and architectures with my books being translated into six other languages.

Did your research for this book lead you into any other interesting discoveries?

My discoveries came from my career experiences wrapped around the growth of the Internet from software programming to owning three consulting companies to training international corporate leaders on the emerging Internet.

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, and then answer it.

Question: How does knowing about the components of the equipment and process used to make the Internet accessible help me protect the use of the Internet?

Terms such as broadband, bandwidth, metadata, Bigdata affect your use of the Internet. Profit drives vendors. Your cost for the use of vendors’ optical fiber, cables, and other equipment can cause conflict. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers issues between consumers and vendors, vendors and vendors, the government and vendors. Knowing what the issue is and how to seek resolution helps protect the use of the Internet.

How is your book different from other Internet books?

My book, not from research, but from my daily business experiences as a consultant for Internet users, is organized and presented so that non-technical readers can understand its components and the issues that will affect the Internet’s future use. Technical notes are available for the IT person, making it a book for a cross section of corporate leaders, employees, and individuals.

What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

Knowledge is power; this book provides Internet users the knowledge to protect this “extraordinary creation” for future generations, an inherent responsibility for each user.

For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start?

The explorers need only look at their iPhones or their desks; without the Internet, businesses and individuals would be communicatively disabled, their entertainment, social life, and networking would be critically affected. The “brains” of their cars, pacemakers, heating units, and so much more would revert to earlier times.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I am currently working with my publicist to get my book into the hands of as many Internet users as possible. I believe that my book will give users the knowledge to keep the Internet usable without a high price attached to its use and without vendors or governments or organizations controlling its use.

What do your plans for future projects include?

My next book, Hot Wars, Cold Wars, and America’s Warm War does not seem to relate to the Internet; however, controlling the Internet controls communication, already shown to be the medium for calls to action, violence, emerging hostile groups, and dissident voices. Cybersecurity, piracy, hacking, privacy are a few of the many components that will contribute to hostile nations’ methods of shaping, controlling, executing, and investigating. Individuals must recognize that to recognize threats to the Internet requires knowledge about its use, components, and sources for resolving conflicts.




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The Internet has changed the way billions of people live. The system’s support of the Web, blogs, texting, games, video streaming and many other applications has revolutionized workplaces as well as how humans spend their leisure time. The Internet acts as the foundation for millions of user devices, such as computers and mobile phones. Yet most people have no idea about even the basic operations of this wondrous invention. This ignorance often handicaps their ability to exploit the power of the Internet. It also presents a dangerous situation: the loss of control of Internet usage, including the exposure of private data and the stealing of user information. The Internet is increasingly operating in more devices, such as kitchen appliances, automobiles, even heart monitors. The “Internet of Things” will soon be the “Internet of Everything.” Whether the Internet’s encroachment into your life is acceptable or disturbing is beside the point. The Internet is on its way into many facets of practically all humans’ lives. The Internet of Things will lead to more convenience. But at what cost? Will we be able to block the Internet from our lives? Will the Internet remain active in our devices, even when we wish to have some solitude and privacy? Will we find ourselves at the mercy of hackers who use the Internet to gain access into financial transactions, door locks, even heart monitors? These seemingly unlikely operations are already part of Internet activities. Whether we mold the present Internet to be a beneficial or harmful model is up to us. This book lays the groundwork to enable you to take measures to control your use of the Internet, not for the Internet to control you. How we humans deal with the Internet now will determine how the Internet will deal with us in the future.



Uyless Black, Digital Societies and the Internet

Uyless Black completed his undergraduate work in psychology, later earning graduate degrees in computer systems and banking/finance. As an officer in the U.S. Navy, he won the Navy Commendation Medal for his actions in Vietnam. He specialized in wireless communications and cryptography and wrote software for an ARPA project that dealt with submarine simulation models. After leaving the Navy, Black founded several computer firms, became an international lecturer, and wrote thirty-five books on the emerging Internet technology. For this past decade, he has devoted himself to investigating and reporting on the social, political, economic, and military climate of America. Uyless is an accomplished, award-winning author who has written forty books.


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