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By M.I. Franklin

ISBN-10: 0199982694

ISBN-13: 9780199982691

Digital Dilemmas looks on the dynamics of strength and resistance surrounding the web. It specializes in how publics, geographical regions, and multilateral associations are being always reinvented in neighborhood and worldwide decision-making domain names which are accessed and regulated by means of a relative few. Importantly it unpacks the ways that computer-mediated strength relatives play out as "on the floor" and "cyberspatial" practices and discourses that collude and collide with each other on the own, neighborhood, and transnational point. Case experiences contain homelessness and the net, rights-based advocacy for the web surroundings on the United countries, and the way the continued conflict among proprietary and open resource software program designs impacts traditional humans and policy-making. the result's an cutting edge and groundbreaking critique of ways new paradigms of energy and resistance solid on-line reshape conventional strength hierarchies offline, at domestic and overseas.

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In social terms this results in a sort of mind-meld between those who are near and those further away that amounts to not much more than acquiring the means of “making others unhappy long-distance . . a possibility once reserved for neighborhood relationships” (­ Sloterdijk 2006: 20). 23 These critiques of the Globalization-Internet conjuncture are diametrically opposed to the celebratory literature that accompanied the phenomenal uptake of the internet and then the World Wide Web, largely emanating from the US West Coast, the home base then and now for the internet’s major corporate players.

This means shifting the emphasis to the “how” and, secondly, to another “who” than normally feature in critical accounts. In other words, it means exchanging the clarity of condemnation, or wonderment, for that matter, for these ambiguities. By moving in closer to processes and practices unfolding over time, one can gain more nuanced insights into the way in which often imperceptible, unheralded struggles at the intersection of everyday life, big power politics, and various sorts of economic priorities collide and collude behind the scenes to understand how the world works, looks, and feels today.

We then move into the cases in point. The first case in Chapter 3 reconstructs a particular episode germane to recent high-profile debates on the question of “who controls the Internet” (Goldsmith and Wu 2006). In 1998 the US Department Digital Dilemmas 29 of Justice took Microsoft to court, charging it with anticompetitive practices. In 2005 and then in 2007 the corporation finally buried the hatchet with the European Union by granting partial access to its source code. Since then attention had shifted to the power of integrated search engines and social networking sites as the response to desktop-dependent internet uses and applications.

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