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Power, Information Technology, and International Relations Theory: The Power and Politics of US Foreign Policy and the Internet Daniel R. McCarthy

Power, Information Technology, and International Relations Theory: The Power and Politics of US Foreign Policy and the Internet

Daniel R. McCarthy

Published January 28th 2015
ISBN : 9781137306890
Hardcover
232 pages
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 About the Book 

American policy towards the internet has been the subject of popular debate, from the Iranian Green Revolution to Edward Snowdens revelations about Internet surveillance. This book examines the internet as a form of power in global politics, takingMoreAmerican policy towards the internet has been the subject of popular debate, from the Iranian Green Revolution to Edward Snowdens revelations about Internet surveillance. This book examines the internet as a form of power in global politics, taking into account the significance of global material culture upon theories of international relations to reconsider how technology is understood as a form of social power. Examining American Internet policy as the product of the Open Door tradition in US foreign relations, McCarthy suggests that American policy officials actively promote the construction and maintenance of a network that maintains a free flow of information in order to spread liberal democratic capitalism internationally. The book argues that technology is a form of institutional power that reflects the cultural values of its creators – in the case of the Internet, it reflects the cultural values of American liberal capitalism. Considered in this way, our theoretical conceptualization of technology and power is altered, pushing our analyses to consider the sociotechnical production of global order as the product of an uneven and combined global political economy. A unique and topical contribution to internet governance studies, this book will be a valuable resource to scholars of International Relations Theory, Global Politics and Technology Studies.