Cyber disobedience: Gandhian Cyberpunks

Cynthia Townley, Mitch Parsell

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This article argues that the internet is a forum for the creation of virtual communities that develop their own norms of behaviour and sanctions for misbehaviour and, as such, it possesses the necessary resources to ground the type of protest Gandhi advocated. In order to substantiate this thesis, Townley and Parsell examine three recent cyberspace incidents: (1) proposed changes to the working of the Wikipedia; (2) Google’s decision to provide a censored Chinese search service, and; (3) the use of denial of service style attacks on peer-to-peer service provides by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScan: journal of media arts culture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Publisher version archived with the permission of the Editor, Scan, Department of Media, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia. This copy is available for individual, non-commercial use. Permission to reprint/republish this version for other uses must be obtained from the publisher.


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