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Julie Cohen’s Configuring the Networked Self1 is a book about information policy in the digital age, but its author is after bigger game. Cohen argues that how we look at information policy will differ depending on how we imagine the nature of the self. Throughout the book, Cohen’s foil is a set of assumptions about selves in contemporary legal theory, sometimes openly stated, sometimes merely assumed. In this conception, selves are autonomous, independent, and freely choosing. They consciously compose and follow their life plans and they make rational decisions based on a more or less stable set of values and preferences.

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