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Democracy in the Digital Age
Challenges to Political Life in Cyberspace

ISBN 9780415924368
Published January 20, 2000 by Routledge
192 Pages

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.



Anthony G. Wilhelm is Director of Information and Communication Technology Research at the Tomás Rivera Policy Insitute, a national think tank that examines issues of concern to the Hispanic community. He also served as the Teledemocracy Project Coordinator at Claremont Graduate University's School for Politics and Economics.


"Democracy in the Digital Age is a long-needed and masterful alloy of political philosophy, Internet politics, technological history, and basic empirical research. It helps dispel many of the myths surrounding the Internet, and it rings with a passionate commitment to more democracy in the information age." -- Gary Chapman, Director, The 21st Century Project, University of Texas at Austin
"This is the most stimulating and carefully considered critique of the issues around electronic democracy that I have seen for some time. It powerfully skewers many of the more absurd claims of the new futurists and grounds the debate in the real world of political practice." -- Brian D. Loader, editor of The Governance of Cyberspace
"Wilhelm's Democracy in the Digital Age has the most thorough and sensible review of contemporary thought on the social construction of technological construction of society.--Philip Howard, Northwestern University."
"Democracy in the Digital Age provides a first-rate study of the problems and promises posed by a 'cyberdemocracy.' Wilhelm's analysis of online public life is empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated. Anyone interested in the democratic potential of the new information and communication technologies should review his recommendations, particularly the proposed policy responses to America's growing 'digital divide.'." -- Timothy W. Luke, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University