With the spread of information and communication technologies (ICTs) comes the potential both for new social and economic equalities and new forms of inequalities. Information, Power, and Politics: Technological and Institutional Mediations demonstrates that ICTs can act as an impetus for democratizing information and knowledge, while at the same time new institutional frameworks can limit one's use of and access to strategic information and knowledge. The volume's contributors address ways to strengthen and affirm the socially marginalized as well as suggest how best to incorporate (semi)peripheral countries and regions into the international system. Information, Power, and Politics offers a refreshing and timely perspective on the ever-evolving relationship between information, knowledge, and communication.
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Sarita Albagli is a senior researcher at the Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology (IBICT), Ministry of Science and Technology.
Maria Lucia Maciel is a senior lecturer in the postgraduate political science program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
This volume presents a penetrating analysis of key contradictions in the nexus of information, knowledge and power within 21st century capitalism. Through their appropriation of digital technologies, forces of resistance may lead to a deepening of democracy or, alternatively, dominant actors may succeed in institutionalising new means of control through their appropriation of the means of communication. The authors offer much needed critical assessments of alternative cultural, social and economic positionings as viewed from the 'South.' (Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science)
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