Information has always been central to accounts of democracy from its early modern formulations where the emphasis was placed on the necessity of an informed citizenry through to more recent movements like that of open government which began in the 1960s. This paper analyses the concept of informational democracy examining the links between the two concepts. First, it traces the utopian moment that links information and democracy; second, it analyses the new paradigm of cultural production; third, it develops an argument for ‘informational political capital’ that rests on the supposition that the growth of the transparent State is associated with cyberdemocracy and a kind of governance based on collective intelligence; finally, it plots the nature and limits of information indicating how information and information theory, despite the utopian moment, emerges from military intelligence (breaking codes, deciphering messages, encoding information, resolving conflict of sources etc.).
|Keywords:||Information, Democracy, Political Economy, Miltary Intelligence|
Professor, Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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