The Real Cyber War: The Political Economy of Internet by Shawn M. Powers

By Shawn M. Powers

Contemporary dialogue surrounding the function of the web in society is ruled by way of phrases like: net freedom, surveillance, cybersecurity, Edward Snowden and, so much prolifically, cyber conflict. in the back of the rhetoric of cyber conflict is an on-going state-centered conflict for regulate of knowledge assets. Shawn Powers and Michael Jablonski conceptualize this real cyber battle because the usage of electronic networks for geopolitical reasons, together with covert assaults opposed to one other state's digital structures, but in addition, and extra importantly, the range of how the net is used to extra a state’s monetary and armed forces agendas.


Moving past debates at the democratic price of recent and rising info applied sciences, The genuine Cyber War specializes in political, financial, and geopolitical elements using web freedom guidelines, specifically the U.S. kingdom Department's rising doctrine in help of a common freedom to attach. They argue that efforts to create a common net outfitted upon Western felony, political, and social personal tastes is pushed by means of monetary and geopolitical motivations instead of the humanitarian and democratic beliefs that usually accompany similar coverage discourse. in reality, the freedom-to-connect circulate is intertwined with broader efforts to constitution worldwide society in ways in which prefer American and Western cultures, economies, and governments.


Thought-provoking and far-seeing, The actual Cyber War finds how net rules and governance have emerged as severe websites of geopolitical contestation, with effects absolute to form statecraft, international relations, and clash within the twenty-first century.

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The quest for economic growth drove the United States to adopt a policy encouraging the importation of information regarding industrial processes while at the same time restricting exportation of similar material. In this, as we have seen, the United States was not alone. The policy mirrored that of other countries. We focused on Britain because the diffusion of information across the Atlantic set the stage for global conflict over the regulation of information infrastructure. ”14 The international diffusion of information experienced a tremendous boost with the refinement of submarine cables capable of reliably trans- in fo rm at i o n freedo m a n d u .

42 China’s fear of losing economic ground to the United States as a result of dependence on its ICT industries reaches far beyond the internet-freedom debate. S. S. technology effectively wielding power over China’s personal computers helped spur China’s aggressive campaign for source codes and its own technology. S. 43 While nearly all of the coverage was critical of Clinton’s remarks and the related policy shift, there was one area of agreement: the speech’s significance. S. ”45 For China, the most appropriate path toward establishing universal internet freedom is through international organizations, not through unilateral American policy.

40 Chinese newspapers also challenged the economic rationale of Clinton’s internet-freedom initiative. In another article in the Global Times, readers were cautioned about following the ways of the so-called mainstream civilization, represented by the West. But looking at the former Soviet Union’s historical lesson, China should be cautious when participating in a civilization that was formed without China’s influence. China’s rise is happening in a rapid way, without the West’s recognition. Historically, if China followed the lead of Western discourse, China would not be rising but would have repeated the collapse of the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.

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