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America's information wars : the untold story of information systems in America's conflicts and politics from World War II to the internet age / Colin B. Burke.

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  • ISBN: 9781538112458
  • ISBN: 1538112450
  • Physical Description: xv, 373 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2018]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-362) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part One: Information at War with Hitler and Tojo, Then with Stalin. 1. The OSS's Unusual Librarians -- 2. Forging an Intelligence System -- 3. A New Information Culture -- 4. Microfilm at the OSS, for War and Profit -- 5. One System for All Intelligence -- 6. CIA's Classification and Automation Battles -- Part Two: Cold War Information Politics and Lives. 7. Ideology and Science Information Policy -- 8. The CIA's Librarians Under Fire -- 9. Library and Classification Revolutions? SAL, Semantic Factors, the Luhn Scanner -- 10. Automation Dreams, Minicard -- 11. The CIA versus the Librarians -- 12. From Microfilm to Computers -- 13. Automatic Translation's Woes -- 14. A Cold War Information Career -- Part Three: Information's Troubled Golden Age to the Era of Open Access. 15. Sputnik's New Politics of Information -- 16. An American Information Century? -- 17. The Plural Information System Survives, With Difficulty -- 18. A New Information Era: The American Information Century's Challengers -- 19. Another Serials Crisis, Open Access, the Return of Ideology.
Summary, etc.:
"This book narrates the development of science, sci/tech, and intelligence information systems and technologies in the United States from the beginning of World War II to the second decade of our century. The story ranges from a description of the information systems and machines of the 1940s created at Wild Bill Donovan's predecessors of the Central Intelligence Agency, to the rise of a huge international science information industry, and to the 1990's Open Access-Open Culture reformers' reactions to the commercialization of science information. Necessarily, there is much about the people, cultures, and politics that shaped the methods, systems, machines and protests. The reason for that is simple: The histories of technologies and methods are human histories. Science information's many lives were shaped by idiosyncrasies and chance, as well as by social, economic, political and technical 'forces'. The varied motives, personalities and beliefs of unique and extraordinary people fashioned science information's past. The important players ranged from a gentleman scholar who led the Office of Strategic Services' information work, to an ill-fated Hollywood movie director, to life-mavericks like the science information legend Eugene Garfield, to international financial wheeler-dealers such as Robert Maxwell, and to youthful ultra-liberal ideologically-driven Silicon Valley internet millionaires. However, although there are no determining laws of information history, social, political, legal and economic factors were important. After 1940, science information's tools and policies, as well as America's universities, were being molded by the nation's wealth, its role in international affairs, the stand-off between left and right politics, and by the intensifying conflict between Soviet and Western interests."-- Publisher's description.
Subject: Information technology > United States > Management.
Management information systems > United States.
Internet > Access control > United States.

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