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Digital Technology and the Market for Political Surveillance
Academic Articles / Publications

Digital Technology and the Market for Political Surveillance

Many new media technologies, such as the internet, serve both as a tool for organizing public commons and as a tool for surveilling private lives. This paper addresses the manner in which such technological innovations have enabled a dramatically expanded market for public policy opinion data, and explores the potential […]

Society Online:  The Internet In Context
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Society Online: The Internet In Context

Within the developed world, much of society experiences political, economic, and cultural life through a set of communication technologies barely older than many citizens. Society Online: The Internet in Context examines how new media technologies have not simply diffused across society, but how they have rapidly and deeply become embedded […]

Policy Papers / Publications

Liberation Technology

Here’s a paper from last year where I introduce the notion of liberation technology, defined as software and hardware that a) encourages ingenuity among users but b) does not create dependency relationships with designers, IP holders, firms, or countries. This paper was presented at the PCMLP Oxford “ICT Standards Conference” Conference […]

Digitizing the Social Contract:  Producing American Political Culture in the Age of New Media
Academic Articles / Presentations

Digitizing the Social Contract: Producing American Political Culture in the Age of New Media

Campaigns are complex exercises in the creation, transmission, and mutation of significant political symbols. However, there are important differences between political communication through new media and political communication through traditional media. I argue that the most interesting change in patterns of political communication is in the way political culture is produced, not in […]