The Prospect of Internet Democracy

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Computers - 191 pages
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"The Prospect of Internet Democracy is a rich and detailed exploration of the theoretical implications of the internet and related information and communication technologies (ICTs) for democratic theory. Focusing in particular on how political uses of the internet have affected or seem likely to affect patterns of influence among citizens, interest groups and political institutions, the authors examine whether the internet's impact on democratic politics is destined to repeat the history of other innovative ICTs. The volume explores the likely long-term effects of such uses on the conduct of politics in the USA and other nations that declare themselves modern democracies and assesses the extent to which they help or hinder viable democratic governance." --Book Jacket.
  

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Contents

The Internet and the Prospect of Democracy
5
Impossible Dreams The Radical Roots of CyberDemocracy
25
Tempering the Dreams Revised Theories of CyberDemocracy
41
Democracy Tolerance and the Internet
69
Mass Media and Internet Democracy
95
The Internet and Democratic Education
109
Parties Interest Groups and the Internets Impact on Democratic Participation
131
Internet Democracy in the 21st Century
149
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About the author (2009)

Michael Margolis, resident of the UK, is a technologist in the field of real time computing with expertise in developing and delivering hardware and software for interacting with the environment. He has more than 30 years of experience at senior levels with Sony, Microsoft, and Lucent/Bell Labs. He has written libraries and core software that are part of the official Arduino 1.0 distribution.

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