Introduction

In the first volume of the series “Computing and Connected Society”, André Vitalis uses a sociohistorical approach to question the uncertain digital revolution, 50 years of computerization, by taking a closer look at the four main social issues which progressively arose from society turning towards IT and from the development of IT applications: social control, security, commercialization, data exchange and communication.

In the second volume of this series, Laurent Gayard studies the rise of the darknet where, unlike the Internet, anonymity is the rule and the identity and location of the user can be concealed, which throws into question the capability of State bodies or market players to set up effective monitoring of the Internet. This desire to escape institutional control responds to ideological and illegal motives and also, most unexpectedly, increasingly economic motives. It promises, sometimes falsely, a globalized system where all borders, boundaries and regulations are obsolete.

The third volume of this series returns to communication and data exchange in order to address the matter of hyperconnectivity brought about by a multi-faceted digital proposal which relies on relational practices as much from companies, governments, groups and communities as from citizens and individuals. Picking up again on the question of data exchange, of interlinking, this volume proposes an analysis of the reasons for this hyperconnectivity from a communication point of ...

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