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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 Power

Information Power

The Information Society from an Antihumanist Perspective

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(p.232) 14 Information Power
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The Global Flow of Information
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Jack M. Balkin

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814748114.003.0014

This chapter argues that information creates forms of power that may transcend anyone's grasp or use. It asks how the development of increasingly interconnected global networks of power entangle individuals, groups, and nations in networks of power that they do not control and that, in fact, are in the control of no one in particular. The chapter generally situates power at the center of global information flows and offers a different, antihumanist perspective on the whole notion of power, its effects on global flows of information, and the effect that such flows have on people. Instead of viewing the Internet and accompanying global flows as a strictly human creation that is completely under human control, the chapter suggests that the Internet actually projects its own power to a human race that may, or mostly may not be able to counter or control such a projection of power.

Keywords:   information power, global networks, global information flows, Internet, human control

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