Cyberocracy, Cyberspace, and Cyberology

Political Effects of the Information Revolution

by David Ronfeldt


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This paper considers how the information and communications technology revolution may affect politics and government in the future. Besides reviewing the effects that the information revolution is having on business and government, the author examines ways the modern bureaucratic state may give way to the "cybercratic state" — one where information is a key organizing principle — early in the twenty-first century. He recommends the creation of a new field of study around the concept of information, and suggests areas for future research.

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