Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance, and the Internet

Paperback | December 31, 2013

byM. I. Franklin

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Digital Dilemmas is a groundbreaking ethnographic, mixed method approach to understanding dynamics of power and resistance as they are played out around the future of the internet. M. I. Franklin looks at the way that publics, governments, and multilateral institutions are being redefined andreinvented in digital settings that are ubiquitous and yet controlled by a relative few. Franklin does this through three original and wide-ranging case studies that get at the way that computer-mediated power relations play out "on the ground" through a mixture of overlapping online and offlineactivity, at personal, community, and transnational levels. Case studies include online activities around homelessness and street papers in the U.S. and around the world, digital and human rights activism carried out though the United Nations, and the ongoing battle between proprietary and free and open source software proponents. The result is athought-provoking and seminal work on the way that the new paradigms of power and resistance forged online reshape localized and traditional power structures offline.

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Digital Dilemmas is a groundbreaking ethnographic, mixed method approach to understanding dynamics of power and resistance as they are played out around the future of the internet. M. I. Franklin looks at the way that publics, governments, and multilateral institutions are being redefined andreinvented in digital settings that are ubiq...

M.I. Franklin is Reader and Director of the Global Media and Transnational Communications Program at Goldsmith's College, University of London

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 31, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199982708

ISBN - 13:9780199982707

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List of FiguresAcknowledgements1. Digital Dilemmas?2. Paradigm Resets: Real-Life and Virtual Reconnections3. Who Rules in the 'Internet Galaxy'? Battle of the Browsers and Beyond4. Can the Subaltern Speak in Cyberspace? Homelessness and the Internet5. Who Should Control the Internet? Emerging Publics and Human Rights6. Paradigm Reboot: Decolonizing FuturesNotesLiterature ListIndex