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The Global Flow of InformationLegal, Social, and Cultural Perspectives$
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Ramesh Subramanian and Eddan Katz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748114

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748114.001.0001

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Information Flows in War and Peace

Information Flows in War and Peace

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The Global Flow of Information

James Der Derian

NYU Press

This chapter maintains that global information flows have brought with them a world of enhanced communication, transparency, and productivity (the good side of information), but not without surveillance, terror, and war (the bad side). Instead of focusing on just one, the chapter examines both aspects of information, recognizing that the “good” and the “bad” are simply symptoms of the stresses induced by the information revolution. The whole notions of “information age” and “information revolution” should be studied using a multidisciplinary lens. The concept of information is one that exists in a continuum, with the extreme positions being “infowar,” categorized by the use of information to terrorize; and “infopeace,” which is focused on the reduction of personal and structural violence.

Keywords:   information age, information revolution, information, infowar, infopeace

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