Abstract - The Information Society 8 (4)

Cyberocracy is coming

David Ronfeldt

The government lags behind business in feeling the effects of the information technology revolution and related innovations in organization. A concept called cyberocracy is fielded to discuss how the development of, and demand for access to, the future electronic information and communications infrastructures (i.e., cyberspace) may alter the nature of the bureaucracy. Although it is too early to say precisely what a cyberocracy may look like, the outcomes may include new forms of democratic, totalitarian, and hybrid governments. Optimism about the information revolution should be tempered by a constant, anticipatory awareness of its potential dark side.

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