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The Real Cyber War: The Political Economy of Internet Freedom

Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski


Contemporary discussion surrounding the role of the Internet in society is dominated by words like: internet freedom, surveillance, cybersecurity, Edward Snowden and, most prolifically, cyber war. Behind the rhetoric of cyber war is an on-going state-centered battle for control of information resources. This book conceptualizes this real cyber war as the utilization of digital networks for geopolitical purposes, including covert attacks against another state's electronic systems, but also, and more importantly, the variety of ways the internet is used to further a state's economic and military ... More

Keywords: cybersecurity, Internet, internet freedom, surveillance, Edward Snowden, cyber war, digital networks, global society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039126
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039126.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shawn M. Powers, author
Georgia State University

Michael Jablonski, author
Georgia State University