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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Will the power of the Internet to cross borders lead to the eventual dissolution of nations as we now know them? This book looks ahead, not as a Luddite fearing progress, but in an attempt to lay out a framework for planning that incorporates the benefits and limitations of the technology. It discusses the rise of virtual states, and reflects on the effect of their history as revealed in their present states. Other sections address the unwired states of the developing world, and the increasingly rising costs (both in developed and developing nations) of being poor, not in money, but in information, and finally a discussion on the broader concerns of the Internet and society. Nations may become more vague; this book is about what will replace them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415172141
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/4/1999
  • Series: Technology and Global Political Economy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 0.45 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Pt. I Virtual states: theory and practice 1
1 W(h)ither the state? 3
2 11
Pt. II The developing world 25
3 Hungry, thirsty and wired 27
4 Sovereignty, boundary making and the Net 44
5 Culture and the Other on the Internet 57
Pt. III The developed world 69
6 Process: the key to the Cyborg 71
7 82
8 The @ of war 97
Pt. IV Internet and society 119
9 Virtually real/really virtual 121
10 Internet censorship: US, Europe and Australia 135
11 alt.cyberspace.binaries.philosophy 151
Bibliography 162
Index 170
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    Internet madness!

    Great read by an author who obviously has a passion about the way in which society is driven at both the eleite and general levels by bandwidth. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

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