Chapter Seven: The Internet

I. Introduction

Three key aspects of the Internet will be the focus of this chapter: the first, the ability of the Internet to encourage and facilitate the human instinct to affiliate in groups with strong codes of morality, something that was not the case with previous media innovations; the second, the tendency of the Internet to bypass existing societal boundaries, and specifically nation states; and the third, perhaps in the long run the most profound, the opportunities offered by the Internet for people to develop alternative models of society.

These three attributes of the Internet are already combining to make it a potent agent of change, and will considerably accelerate the transition to globalized models of cooperation and governance in all of the dimensions surveyed in Part One of the book – economic, cultural, political, legal and fiscal.