Information Feudalism in The Information Society: An International Journal

  title={Information Feudalism in The Information Society: An International Journal},
  author={Peter Drahos},
  journal={Inf. Soc.},
  • P. Drahos
  • Published 1995
  • Sociology, Computer Science
  • Inf. Soc.
Storytelling about technology can be optimistic or pessimistic. This article tells a pessimistic story based on the assumption that a small number of states will dominate the emerging international regulatory order. The story takes the form of an imagined history of the information society to the year 2015. It is based on research work being undertaken by the author in relation to a funded project on international business regulation. This historical scenario is presented as a possible future… Expand
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  • Inf. Soc.
  • 2005
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