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The Digital Flood: The Diffusion of Information Technology Across the U.S., Europe, and Asia

James W. Cortada


No technology seems to have spread so fast around the world in such a short period of time as computers. It was a phenomenon that predated the arrival of the Internet and that began to change how businesses, governments, and whole societies functioned. The diffusion of information technologies occurred in dozens of countries all over the world with fascinating similarities and differences. This book provides the first world-wide history of how computers appeared and were used in North America, all of Europe, and in most of Asia in barely a half century based on archival and secondary research ... More

Keywords: information technology, computers, diffusion, China, India, Europe, United States, telecommunications, Internet, Wave One, Wave Two

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199921553
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199921553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James W. Cortada, author
IBM Institute for Business Value