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When we think about information as power, we usually think

about individuals, groups, and nations using information and

information goods as a resource that helps them gain advantages over

others. In this essay, however, I am interested in how the globalized

information networks create new forms of power that transcend

people's conscious design. Digital information technologies, I shall

argue, enmesh individuals, groups, and nations in proliferating

networks of power which they neither fully understand nor fully

control, and which, in fact, are controlled by no one in particular.

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