Information Technology, more commonly known as IT, has come to dominate the way we do business and interact with one another. IT development has largely been dominated by the West. But it may not have necessarily been so.
Remarkably, an IT company from Tito’s unaligned Yugoslavia called Iskra Delta wound up right in the middle of this epic struggle to control IT. For despite its small size, Iskra Delta obtained permission from the U.S. to work through the U.S. embargo that at the time prohibited exporting information technology to the East. Being at a kind of digital crossroads for the East and West gave the company a massive influence that belied its small size. By 1986 the tiny Yugoslav IT company had built one of the largest computer networks in the world for the Chinese police.
But Iskra Delta’s innovativeness would ultimately draw it into the center of the international struggle to control the emerging IT world with presidents of the Soviet Union, China and India personally paying a visit. Suddenly the company was in the crosshairs of international intelligence agencies like the CIA and the KGB.
Author Janez Škrubej is himself an IT professional, who was managing Iskra Delta during the time all of this was taking place. He witnessed The Cold War for Information Technology first hand. This book is his story.
THE COLD WAR FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ISBN: 978-1-61897-
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About the Author: Janez Škrubej is a retired IT professional and MIT alumnus who lives in the picturesque village of Rudolfovo, Slovenia. When he is not writing, Janez enjoys keeping up with the latest IT news and making his own plum brandy.
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