John Barrow famously declared the independence of cyberspace in 1996 – describing it as a unique space in which governments were not welcome and would be allowed no control. (Reflecting the Zeitgeist, Barrow was both an internet civil liberties pioneer and a lyricist for psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead.) ‘Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of the Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.’Download
The digital world is increasingly being driven by ideology rather than efficiency, with profound impacts on governance and the digitalised society, argues VLADIMIR RADUNOVIC. Political trends are shaping the regulatory environment, and regulators need to adapt.
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