Digital Technologies and Global Politics
Series edited by Andrea Calderaro and Madeline Carr
It is becoming increasingly apparent that challenges and opportunities related to Internet technology raise questions beyond the technical. In fact, cyber-security, Internet Governance, network neutrality, jurisdictional questions and the distribution of online resources are largely political issues that can reinforce, dispute or contest existing concepts and ideas about global politics. International events have illustrated the extent of this: the Arab Spring protests of 2010 raised questions not only about the Internet’s capacity to promote regime change, but also highlighted the extent to which these states employ the same technology to manage and suppress activist movements. The Edward Snowden leaks further opened up debate about the role of the state in providing security while safeguarding civil rights. The EU response through the Data Protection Directive demonstrates that even closely allied states can have quite significant differences in their approach to security and privacy. And of course, running through all of these issues are questions about the regionalisation and/or internationalisation of cyber space – particularly in the sense of competing jurisdictions.
While other disciplines like law, sociology and computer science have engaged closely with the Information Age, international relations scholars have yet to bring the full analytic power of their discipline to developing our understanding of what new digital technologies mean for concepts like war, peace, security, cooperation, human rights, equity and power. This series brings together the latest research from international relations scholars – particularly those working across disciplines – to challenge and extend our understanding of world politics in the Information Age.
Therefore, this series considers proposals for monographs and edited volumes addressing empirically grounded as well as theoretically driven novel research, capturing the influence of the Internet on global politics. Original contributions will be clustered around rigorous qualitative as well as quantitative research methodologies but grounded in the questions that animate the discipline of international relations. Finally, books looking at the influence that the increasing use of the Internet has on politics from a comparative and transnational perspective of analysis will be particular welcomed. The goal is to establish clear lines of dialogue between empirical research and innovative methodological approaches to the Internet and global politics, from both a scholarly relevant as well policy oriented perspective.
For more on the series, read the editors’ blog at http://www.rowmaninternational.com/news/digital-technologies-and-global-politics