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Transcript of Pax Technica
is a theory that technology diffusion, and the
between high tech industries and governments, has brought about a peculiar form of political
. This peace is not so much the absence of war but prominence of technology control and information access as explanations for what’s going on.
Technical innovations have often become sources of power in domestic and global affairs. But in the last 10 years, technology control and information access has become
a key factor explaining political outcomes
. The smart or accidental use of digital media by political actors consistently explains who gets what they want. Rarely have technologies provided such high levels of strategic advantage. And we have names for those rare historical moments—pax.
Economic value in bits, not gold or paper
Military strategy serves media strategy
States do not monopolize information
Online movements go offline
Everyone connects to everyone
Connective action solves collective action problems
Connective security provides collective security
The internet is increasingly weaponized
Technology replaces failing governments
Technology marginalizes ideologies
This work can be cited as Philip N. Howard, "V Propositions of the Pax Technica" 2014. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial - Share Alike 4.0 International License.
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