Issues of surveillance, control and privacy in relation to the internet are coming to the fore as a result of state concern with security, crime and economic advantage. Through an exploration of emerging debates regarding the possible desirability, form and agencies responsible for the regulation of the internet and an analysis of issues of surveillance, control, rights and privacy, The Governance of Cyberspace develops contemporary theories and considers issues of access, equity and economic advancement.
The Governance of Cyberspace encourages a more informed discussion about the nature of the changes which the new information and communications technologies (ICTs) are heralding in and will be of considerable interest to all those who are concerned about the technological shaping of our political future.
'There's plenty here to enjoy, not least Loader's useful introductory essay which neatly skewers the simplistic anti-government stance of West Coast cyberlibertarians … refreshing and illuminating into the bargain.' - The Guardian
'This book is welcome … for providing some new opinions.' - New Scientist
'Overall the book is a welcome addition to the literature in this field … There are papers here to suit most tastes, all the way from those locked into seriousness to those who prefer almost unbounded speculation. As an insight into the troubled waters of futures thinking, it is an excellent example of the breadth we must somehow embrace.' - Foresight Vol 1:1 February 1999
'This makes it, in short, one of the more useful and usable volumes among the many that are currently on the market.' - Science and Public Policy