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cion . The made. LCraSS £ha h- & yst of about is go- . and ways faster ,opu- Lexus , The nolo- ogra- rans- formative potential. As the Internet becomes more pervasive and as more and more aspects of life become digitalized, it is indeed becoming much easier for human beings everywhere to access, learn from, share, and improve upon the impossibly varied and plentiful information
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1 from Tokyo, Boston, Geneva, Chicago, Charlottesville, Boca and Washington, D.C., among other places-something tha I Raton, t would have been nearly impossible a mere decade ago. The question we have addressed in this book is not whether the technological changes of the last decade have created changes in the way human beings live or interact. The Question is whether those changes have had a lasting effect on how nations, and their peoples, govern themselves. The diminishing costs of moving information on the Internet have obviously made it harder for governments to sup- press communications and related activities that they dislike. The Net has allowed talented technologists, dissatisfied groups, and various types of law evaders to take advantage of the difficulty of controlling infor- mation to achieve political, social, and commercial goals. This was also true, however, of the telegraph, the telephone, the radio, the television, and other earlier communication revolutions, all of which dramatically increased the number and speed of communi- cations, and dramatically lowered their costs. These communication technologies produced radical changes in human organization and interaction, and required governments to develop new strategies for regulating human affairs. But$ey did not displace the central role of territorial govermnent in human governance. And neither. we havs . -- argued in this book. will the Internet. Why do theories of globalization and Internet scholarshp so mis- understand and so underestimate the import;~lce of territorial gov- ernment? While the question is complex, this book has suggested a simple answer. What we have seen, time and time again, is that ~hvsical coercion bv government-the hallmark of a traditional legal system- remains far more important than anyone expected. This may sound LU w crude and ugly and even depressing. Yet at a fundamental level, it's 1 c the most important thing missing from most predictions of where glo- balization will lead, and the most significant gap in predictions about ,,, - E the future shape of the Internet.
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