NetFuture is "a largely undiscovered national treasure" (Peter J. Denning, New York Times, November 25, 1999).
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Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired magazine:
The best, most literate and intelligent critique of technology available. Talbott is honest, bright, and devoted to understanding the role of technology in our lives. He manages to host a conversation around his wonderful essays that actually moves issues forward. Most excellent and highly recommended.Eli Noam, director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School:
I should let you know how impressed, informed, enlightened, and provoked I am by your newsletter.Langdon Winner, professor of political science in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and author of Autonomous Technology and The Whale and the Reactor:
How far we've come! Even publishing titan Henry Luce thought it crucial to preserve the boundary between "church" and "state", between the integrity of journalism and the profit-seeking wiles of advertising -- a line now routinely demolished by those who cover the wired world in today's print and electronic media. That's why the independence and lucidity of NetFuture are so wonderfully refreshing. Steve Talbott's newsletter is one of the few places on the Net where wisdom finds a voice.Dorothy Denning, professor of computer science, Georgetown University, and author of Cryptography and Data Security:
Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your essays over the past many months. You have a deep and refreshing view of these complex issues, which are often treated so superficially. I've assigned several of your essays in my Networks and Society class. Your fan, (signed)Howard Rheingold, author of The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier:
"NetFuture is...an important critical voice in the age of hype" (Whole Earth, Spring, 2000).Steven Hodas, Vice President for Online Services at Princeton Review Publishing, and co-author of Class Action: How to Create Accountability, Excellence, and Innovation in American Schools:
For all us tin men and straw men, NetFuture is a reminder to keep our hearts and heads about us in the challenge of a hugely seductive catastrophe.Peter J. Kindlmann, Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at Yale University, and founder and president of Congruent Design, Inc.:
NetFuture is without doubt the most incisively reasoned critical voice about the role of computers in our lives.Todd M. La Porte, professor in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands:
I'm a professional information technology analyst and academic, and I find NetFuture one of the more interesting resources in the field, primarily due to the author's willingness to go against the grain and raise important questions about the use of information technology and its implications for society.