The terrain where politics meets new media has come to be conceived by many as a crucial battleground in the future direction of democracy. The relationships between state, civil society and the public sphere are being renegotiated in cyberspace, and accordingly the struggle to formulate the parameters of this negotiation are being taken up at all levels of government and polity. We have come a long way since John Perry Barlow’s “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,” and this collection of essays, polemics and empirical findings testifies to just how far the debates and questions have moved away from the abstract and the ideal to concrete and pragmatic questions of power, representation and governance.

The edited collection is split into three themed sections: “How Democratic is Cyberspace?”; “Global Developments”; and “News and Information in the Digital Age.” These sections comprising some twenty-two...

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