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Will “innovation from the edge” help with global warming?

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On the eve of the climate meeting on Paris, I burrowed into Shane Greenstein’s new book, How the Internet Became Commercial: Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network (Princeton, 2015). A copy of Science magazine lay open before me, with alarming news about how warmer oceans are melting Greenland’s glaciers from below. Still, with thousands of bureaucrats converging on Paris to ratify a plan to replace the Kyoto Protocol after 2020, I preferred reading about technological change. This is the best book yet about the rise of the Internet.  Greenstein, of Harvard Business School, goes far beyond Janet Abbate