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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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Weighing the Scales

Weighing the Scales

The Internet’s Effect on State–Society Relations

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The Global Flow of Information

Daniel W. Drezner

NYU Press

This chapter turns to the tension and distribution of power between global civil societies and governments. Since the Internet became a global phenomenon, civil society groups such as NGOs and other activist groups have been very quick to adapt to the new communications technology. They have successfully used it for political purposes: to organize protests, inform the community, and direct actions against the government. However, such success is just one part of the story. A second view of the spread of the Internet is one where governments have sought to gain control, either by blocking the Internet's content or by infiltrating citizen groups in hopes of exposing them. The chapter ultimately asks whether the Internet empowers the coercive control of governments at the expense of citizen activists, or vice versa.

Keywords:   Internet, civil society groups, NGOs, activists, governments, communications technology

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