The Past and Future of Information Politics

TODAY’S NEED TO MATCH SOCIAL GOVERNANCE to technological change is but the latest chapter in a long story of political adaptations to material innovation. Improvement in social governance has tracked the improvement of the political information sphere—the sum of political institutions that facilitate the creation, distribution, and use of social knowledge. Improvements in the information sphere have in turn depended on technological innovation. In the information age, information can now be readily seen as a driving force of history, one that is probably more important than race, ethnicity, class, or religion.

The history of the symbiosis of information, technology, and governance cannot ...

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