Politics, control, and computer networks: the Chinese Student Lobby of 1989

@article{Grier1998PoliticsCA,
  title={Politics, control, and computer networks: the Chinese Student Lobby of 1989},
  author={David Alan Grier},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  year={1998},
  volume={41},
  pages={137-145}
}
  • D. Grier
  • Published 1 May 1998
  • Political Science, Computer Science
  • Commun. ACM
To understand the political impact of computer networks, we need to resolve a paradox, identified by Van Dijk [11], which claims that computer networks both centralize and decentralize power. They centralize power by allowing a single leader to inform and control large numbers of followers. Conceivably, the centralizing tendency of computer networks produce an electronic tyranny of the sort envisioned by George Orwell in 1984. On the other hand, these networks also decentralize power by… 
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