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Examining the effects of the Internet on American politics, this book reveals its potential as a tool for empowering people to challenge existing power structures. However, the authors show how the American political system tends to normalize political activity, and thus the Internet's vast subversive potential could be lost, rendering it just another purveyor of ignored information.

Criminal Activity in Cyberspace and What to Do about it
Criminal activity in cyberspace and what to do about it

Cyberspace has become too complex to exist as a self-contained and self-regulated territory divorced from state jurisdiction. Politicians have argued that governments cannot shirk their duty to examine the regulatory and tax implications of its large commercial sector, and, as seen in Chapters 6 and 7, the commercial sector has not been left to determine its fate through the process of intra-Net politics. Offline politics, both national and international, already affects the Net. Crucial debates about the future shape and direction of the Internet are not occurring primarily on the Net among netizens but in the traditional corridors of power, among bureaucrats and elected officials.

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