The Governance of Cyberspace: Politics, Technology and Global Restructuring

The Governance of Cyberspace: Politics, Technology and Global Restructuring

The Governance of Cyberspace: Politics, Technology and Global Restructuring

The Governance of Cyberspace: Politics, Technology and Global Restructuring

Synopsis

Issues of surveillance, control and privacy in relation to the internet are coming to the fore as a result of state concern with security, crime and economic advantage. Through an exploration of emerging debates regarding the possible desirability, form and agencies responsible for the regulation of the internet and an analysis of issues of surveillance, control, rights and privacy, The Governance of Cyberspace develops contemporary theories and considers issues of access, equity and economic advancement. Steering a course between those proclaiming cyberspace a liberating technology and the alternative prophesies of those opposed to technological change, it encourages a more informed discussion about the nature of the changes which the new information and communications technologies are heralding in.

Excerpt

This collection is the outcome of a small conference held at the University of Teesside in April 1995 which was devoted to exploring the changing nature of governance as a property of that emergent techno-domain which has commonly come to be known as cyberspace. All the papers have been extensively revised both as a consequence of the debate conducted at the event and as a result of the continuing public interest in the issues and themes raised by the transforming qualities of the new information and communications technologies (ICTs).

That the developments of ICTs are challenging the post-war political order can no longer be doubted, but the nature of the changes and their desirability is hotly contested. The contributors to this book have attempted to advance the debate about the governance of cyberspace by avoiding the hyperbole of both the Utopian exhortations of the cyber-libertarians and the dystopian prophesies of the digital Luddites. It is hoped by the authors that this may help to engender a more informed discussion of the nature of the changes which the new ICTs are heralding in and that this collection will make a valuable contribution to that debate.

A significant attraction of the debates surrounding cyberspace is that they appeal to a wide range of individuals associated with a disparate host of disciplines, organisations and locations. Thus it is no surprise that this eclectic dimension should find expression in this volume with contributions from science fiction writers, sociologists, psychologists, political theorists, computer scientists, policy analysts and others drawn from Europe, Canada and the USA. Such diversity, we believe, contributes a great deal to the vibrancy and quality of the debate and will

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