The government world lags behind the business world in feeling the effects of the information technology revolution and related innovations in organization. But government may change radically in the decades ahead. This essay fields a concept — cyberocracy — to discuss how the development of, and demand for access to, the future electronic information and communications infrastructures (i.e., cyberspace) may alter the nature of the bureaucracy. Although it is too early to say precisely what a cyberocracy may look like, the outcomes may include new forms of democratic, totalitarian, and hybrid governments. Optimism about the information revolution should be tempered by a constant, anticipatory awareness of its potential dark side.
Reprinted with permission from The Information Society, Vol 8, pp. 243-296. Copyright © 1992 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Originally published in: The Information Society, v. 8, pp. 243-296.
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