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The Political Science of the Internet

The Political Science of the Internet

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Predictive essay on the political and social consequences of the Internet, based on underlying trends (1996)
Predictive essay on the political and social consequences of the Internet, based on underlying trends (1996)

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The Political Science of the Internet
Jerrold D. Prothero
Human Interface Technology Laboratory
prothero@hitl.washington.edu
http://www.hitl.washington.edu
May 1996
(Last Update: July 4rth, 1996)
HITL Technical Report Number TR-96-2
Contents
Abstract
1.0 Introduction
2.0 Trends

2.1 Cheaper Computation
2.2 Cheaper Communication
2.3 Generic Computational Engines Will Dominate On Price/Performance
2.4 Engineering Will Be Limited By Complexity
2.5 Continued Relative Growth of the Information Economy

2.5.1 The Growth of the Telecommunication Infrastructure
2.5.2 The Growth of Information-Related Goods and Services
2.6 Universally-Available Unbreakable Encryption

2.7 Secure Online Monetary Transactions Will Be Available 2.8 The Cost of Censoring the Internet Will Be Prohibitive 2.9 The End of Copyright Law

2.10 Increasing Gap Between Rich and Poor
2.11 The Defense Will Hold
2.12. No New Physics Which Contradicts Existing Physics
3.0 Consequences
3.1 The Rise of Virtual Organizations
3.2 The Decline of the Geographic Governments
3.3 Government on the Internet
3.3.1 The Control of Force
3.3.2 The Control of Resources
3.3.3 The Control of Thought
3.3.4 Virtual Government

3.5 Education
3.6 The End of Terrestrial Human Civilization
3.7 The Implications of Artificial Intelligence
3.8 The End of Innovation

4.0 Conclusion
5.0 Acknowledgement
6.0 References
"So we must lay it down that the association which is a
state exists not for the purpose of living together but
for the sake of noble actions."
[ARIS]

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