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The Real Cyber WarThe Political Economy of Internet Freedom$
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Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039126

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039126.001.0001

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Toward Information Sovereignty

Toward Information Sovereignty

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(p.155) 6 Toward Information Sovereignty
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The Real Cyber War
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Shawn M. Powers

Michael Jablonski

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039126.003.0007

This chapter examines how state actors assert authority over the physical nature of transnational data flows in order to maintain domestic stability and expand influence abroad. Information sovereignty refers to a state's attempt to control information flows within its territory. Control is asserted in a variety of ways, including filtering, monitoring, and structuring industry–government relations in order to maximize state preferences in privately operated communications systems The chapter explores the relationship between sovereignty, the nation-state, and connective technologies in the context of absolute freedom of expression and total information control. It considers how the governments of China, Egypt, Iran, and the United States control access to a singular internet while developing more malleable intranets capable of creating a balance between freedom and control. It shows that a state's capacity to adapt is crucial to its survival, but that information control is also in increasingly effective means of reasserting state sovereignty. The chapter argues that, despite any promises that governments would fail at taming the Internet, they have achieved an impressive level of success thus far.

Keywords:   transnational data flow, information sovereignty, information flow, internet, sovereignty, nation-state, connective technologies, freedom of expression, information control, intranet

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