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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 II: Privacy and Liberty in Cyberspace

The Politics of the Internet II: Privacy and Liberty in Cyberspace

(p.168) Chapter 6 The Politics of the Internet II: Privacy and Liberty in Cyberspace
The Internet Galaxy

Manuel Castells

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing how countries, particularly the United States, control the flow of information in the Internet, as well as the challenges encountered in doing so. It then examines privacy issues occurring in different industries, and the exercise of sovereignty, liberty, and property when privacy vanishes. Next, it discusses several firms that counteract technologies of control by technologies of freedom. Lastly, it talks about the relationship of the society and the government in exercising their rights and power through the use of the Internet.

Keywords:   Internet, politics, privacy, liberty, cyberspace, United States, information flow, control, freedom, sovereignty

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