This concise book explores the wide range of topics at the intersection of politics and the Internet. Recognizing the changes in the Internet over time, Klotz provides an innovative analysis of online access, activities, advocacy, government, journalism, and social capital. The politics of the Internet is considered along with politics on the Internet. A highlight is the in-depth discussion of cyberlaw that provides an accessible framework for understanding the legal treatment of key issues such as music file sharing, privacy, terrorism, spam, pornography, and domain names. Examples from the 2002 midterm elections and the early 2004 campaign fundraising success of Howard Dean add currency to the debate about the impact of the Internet on democratic politcs.
Robert J. Klotz is assistant professor of political science at the University of Southern Maine.
Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 Characteristics and Development of the Internet Part 4 Part I Politics of Internet Access Chapter 5 2 User Base of the Internet Chapter 6 3 Impact of Internet Use Chapter 7 4 Internet Access Policy Part 8 Part II Political Advocacy on the Internet Chapter 9 5 Cybercampaigning Chapter 10 6 Party and Group Advocacy on the Internet Part 11 Part III Government and Media Use of the Internet Chapter 12 7 E-Government Chapter 13 8 Journalism and the Internet Part 14 Part IV Legal and Regulatory Framework Chapter 15 9 Fundamentals of Cyberlaw Chapter 16 10 Content Regulation Chapter 17 11 Domain Name Law Chapter 18 12 Piracy and Privacy in Cyberspace Part 19 Part V Global Landscape of Internet Politics Chapter 20 13 The Internet in Global Democracies Chapter 21 14 Walls and Ladders in Nations Limiting Political Freedom Chapter 22 Conclusion: Net Gain for Democracy