Information Politics: Liberation and Exploitation in the Digital Society

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Pluto Press, 2015 - Political Science - 232 pages
Conflict over information has become a central part of twenty-first century politics and culture. Currents of liberation and exploitation course through the debates about Edward Snowden and surveillance, Anonymous, the Arab Spring, search engines, and social media. In Information Politics, Tim Jordan confronts contemporary panic about whether we are being controlled by digital systems, such as social networks, iPhones, and Google. He approaches these issues in relation to the information politics that have emerged with the rise of mass digital cultures and the internet. Within our modern world, he argues for possibilities of rebellion and liberation interwoven among social and political conflicts including gender, class, and ecology.
The first of Pluto Press's new Digital Barricades series, focusing on ground-breaking critical explorations of resistance within the digital world, Information Politics explores the exploitations both facilitated by, and contested through, increases in information flows; the embedding of information technologies in daily life; and the intersection of network and control protocols. Anyone hoping to get to grips with the rapidly changing terrain of digital culture and conflict should start here.

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About the author (2015)

Tim Jordan has been researching and writing on digital culture and the internet since the early 1990s. He has published several books includingInternet, Culture and Society, Hacking, and Hacktivism and Cyberwars. He is professor and head of the School of Media, Film and Music at the Univeristy of Sussex.

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