The Real Cyber War

The Real Cyber War : The Political Economy of Internet Freedom

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Contemporary discussion surrounding the role of the internet in society is dominated by words like: internet freedom, surveillance, cybersecurity, Edward Snowden and, most prolifically, cyber war. Behind the rhetoric of cyber war is an on-going state-centered battle for control of information resources. Shawn Powers and Michael Jablonski conceptualize this real cyber war as the utilization of digital networks for geopolitical purposes, including covert attacks against another state's electronic systems, but also, and more importantly, the variety of ways the internet is used to further a state's economic and military agendas. Moving beyond debates on the democratic value of new and emerging information technologies, The Real Cyber War focuses on political, economic, and geopolitical factors driving internet freedom policies, in particular the U.S. State Department's emerging doctrine in support of a universal freedom to connect. They argue that efforts to create a universal internet built upon Western legal, political, and social preferences is driven by economic and geopolitical motivations rather than the humanitarian and democratic ideals that typically accompany related policy discourse. In fact, the freedom-to-connect movement is intertwined with broader efforts to structure global society in ways that favor American and Western cultures, economies, and governments. Thought-provoking and far-seeing, The Real Cyber War reveals how internet policies and governance have emerged as critical sites of geopolitical contestation, with results certain to shape statecraft, diplomacy, and conflict in the twenty-first more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252039122
  • 9780252039126

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"The Real Cyber War serves as an excellent analysis of where we are now and sets the agenda for the coming years."--Information, Communication & Society "Powers and Jablonski take a unique approach to the concept of cyber war, focusing on the very architecture of the internet itself. Recommended."--Choice "Powers and Jablonski execute the close knitting that is the hallmark of careful political economy work - The Real Cyber War documents the interests at play in contemporary international communication and issues a clarion call to think otherwise about how the Internet might serve global interests rather than parochial ones."--Journal of Communication "In their excellent book, The Real Cyberwar: The Political Economy of Internet Freedom, Shawn Powers and Michael Jablonski describe Google's unprecedented dominance of the contemporary data economy. Drawing attention to the irregular regulation of the global data trade, when compared to all other commodities, they note the power of the internet-freedom agenda to legitimize a particular set of economic practices."--The Guardian "Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski's seminal new book The Real Cyber War. . . . will help to inspire a change in course that will restore the internet to what it might become (and what many thought it was supposed to be): an engine for democracy and social and economic progress, justice, and equity."--Boundary 2 "Shawn Powers and Michael Jablonski's book will be of particular use to International Relations scholars and readers eager to place global digital issues and debates into their geopolitical and geo-economic contexts... Bringing together these fields has proved particularly necessary since Edward Snowden's revelations, which have shown that the internet policy has far-reaching implications which go beyond merely technical issues. This is precisely what Powers and Jablonski intend to do in this meticulous book."--International Affairsshow more

About Shawn M. Powers

Shawn Powers is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Georgia State University. Michael Jablonski is an attorney and presidential fellow in communication at Georgia State more

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