Digital D.C.

How Information Technology Is Transforming the Hub of American Politics


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About the Book

The role of Washington, D.C., at the forefront of American digital culture is increasing. While the city has historically been a repository for tremendous amounts of government information, and military developments in the capital have helped lead to important digital developments, the city’s transition to a booming center with a generation of tech-savvy professionals is relatively recent. Chapters cover Washington’s centuries-old roots as an information city, its new role as a Silicon Valley of the East, digital bureaucracy, the city’s hip modern culture, a new emphasis on the arts based on new technologies, and Washington’s digital future.

About the Author(s)

Wilson Dizard, Jr., who died unexpectedly in mid–2009, was the author of eight books and numerous scholarly articles. A retired professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he lived in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic Details

Wilson Dizard, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4469-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5814-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. Washington in the Information Age      7
2. In the Beginning      29
3. Silicon Valley East?      48
4. Digital Bureaucracy, Bit by Bit      74
5. The Last Colony      99
6. Hip DC      120
7. Arts and Ideas: The New Meld      139
8. Washington’s Digital Future      157

Afterword: Washington in the Obama Era      179
Chapter Notes      189
Bibliography      201
Index      203