The Promise of Technological Decentralization. A Brief Reconstruction

  title={The Promise of Technological Decentralization. A Brief Reconstruction},
  author={Jan Felix Schrape},
  • J. Schrape
  • Published 14 January 2019
  • Political Science
  • Society
Internet and Digitalization have long been associated with the promise of a technology-enabled decentralization of social conditions. Although such expectations have regularly fallen short, this underlying generic vision has proven to be astonishingly stable. This article traces the origin of the notion of decentralizing socio-economic forms of coordination through technological means—from the do-it-yourself scene of the 1960s, the early computer counterculture, and debates on cyberspace and… 
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