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The Internet GalaxyReflections on the Internet, Business, and Society$
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Manuel Castells

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199255771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255771.001.0001

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The Politics of the Internet I: Computer Networks, Civil Society, and the State

The Politics of the Internet I: Computer Networks, Civil Society, and the State

(p.137) Chapter 5 The Politics of the Internet I: Computer Networks, Civil Society, and the State
The Internet Galaxy

Manuel Castells

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the interaction between the Internet and processes of socio-political conflict, representation, and management by focusing on four distinct, though related, areas in which this interaction takes place. These areas include the new dynamics of social movements, the computer networking of local communities and their relevance for citizen participation, the uses of the Internet in the practice of informal politics, and the emergence of ‘noopolitik’ and cyberwarfare on the geopolitical stage. It explains that the Internet offers extraordinary potential for the expression of citizen rights, and for the communication of human values. The Internet cannot substitute for social change or political reform; however, it does contribute to democratization.

Keywords:   Internet, socio-political conflict, social movements, computer networking, citizen participation, informal politics, noopolitik, cyberwarfare, geopolitical stage, citizen rights

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