The Civic Web Online Politics and Democratic Values

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  • Copyright: 2002-09-04
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Political web sites and e-mail lists were novelties in 1996. By 2000, they were a news trend. By 2004, they will be a part of every electoral and policy campaign. News-seekers, activists, and decision-makers increasingly turn to the Net as a matter of course. The Civic Web delineates the basic issues, opportunities, and dilemmas posed by the introduction of computer-networked communications into U.S. national politics. Leading scholars from several academic disciplines join pioneer practitioners of online advocacy, discussion, and law in considering how the Internet can host, and even advance, enlightened self-government by a free people in a constitutional republic. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Author Biography

David M. Anderson is an associate research professor at The George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management and is the task force director of the school's Democracy Online Project Jerry Berman is the executive director of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) Steven Clift is an online strategist and international public speaker based in Minneapolis, Minnesota Michael Cornfield is an associate research professor at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and is research director for the school's Democracy Online Project Michael X. Delli Carpini is director of the Public Policy program of the Pew Charitable Trusts William A. Galston is a professor at the Maryland School of Public Affairs and director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy Deborah G. Johnson holds the Olsson Chair in Applied Ethics in the Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication at the University of Virginia Kirk L. Jowers is an associate in the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C Scott Keeter is a professor of government and politics at George Mason University Peter Levine is a research scholar at the University of Maryland's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy Deirdre K. Mulligan is acting clinical professor of law and director of the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley Trevor Potter is a partner in the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C Michael Vlahos, in the twilight of the Cold War, was one of its "warriors": as director of security studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS; as a regular in the ring of Crossfire, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and Nightline; and at the CIA. But with the Cold War's waning, he left it all for statecraft to become director of the Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs. From there and since then, his focus has been on world change and, after 1994, on the Internet's impact on culture and society, especially in his work for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Democratic Party of Japan Anthony Wilhelm, Ph.D. directs the Communications Policy Program at the Benton Foundation in Washington, D.C Langdon Winner is currently professor of political science in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Internet and Politics: Framing the Issues
Reflections on Campaign Politics, the Internet, and Ethicsp. 9
Cautious Optimism about Online Politics and Citizenshipp. 19
If Political Fragmentation Is the Problem, Is the Internet the Solution?p. 35
The Current State of Online Politics
Online Campaigning and the Public Interestp. 47
Election Law and the Internetp. 63
Digital Grass Roots: Issue Advocacy in the Age of the Internetp. 77
Citizen Participation and the Internet
Adding in the Net: Making Citizenship Count in the Digital Agep. 97
Civic Participation and Technology Inequality: The "Killer Application" Is Educationp. 113
The Internet and an Informed Citizenryp. 129
The Internet, Democracy, and the Future
E-Democracy: Lessons from Minnesotap. 157
The Internet and Dreams of Democratic Renewalp. 167
The Politics of a Network World: A Speculationp. 185
List of Key Web Sites Citedp. 203
Indexp. 205
About the Contributorsp. 217
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