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Digital networks like the internet have extended State and Corporate control to unprecedented levels. Discuss

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Digital networks like the internet have extended State and Corporate control to unprecedented levels?. Discuss The development of the internet as a digital network represents the most significant technological phenomenon in society today. The internet has become a revolutionary tool in multiple facets of social, political and economic life transforming our engagement with every aspect of the social world signified by the increasing human desire to be in control. Indeed the issue of controlling this dynamic and ever-changing platform has come to forefront in examining its use. The internet despite its marketization in capitalism represents a source of freedom for both individual life and organisational networks. In essence this digital network represents a double-edged sword with no defined role within society and capable of acting in a number of ways. Therefore academic scholars must recognise although corporations and State governments have maintained a monopoly of power over this domain individuals have also become empowered in exploiting the internet for their own interests. As a result this essay will argue although we live in a total surveillance society where our personal lives and civil rights are compromised; individual freedom along with expression through the internet are at an all-time high and we equally capable of monitoring powerful organisations. ...read more.


This increasing invasiveness into our personal lives highlights the internet has empowered global corporations to monitor along with guide our experience on this digital network. In such context its clear corporate organisations have been granted unprecedented access to our personal lives and the ability to manipulate our personal information in any number of ways. This manipulation is reflected through the lenses of the Google Gmail system storing and scanning all personal emails for specific words whilst disregarding our civil rights to privacy (Yar, 2013). Moreover the internet has facilitated the emergence of international trans-border corporations past national control with new forms of criminality materialising beyond legal and criminological perspectives (Minkes, 2008). Crimes such as money laundering and credit card fraud are now approached through a global crime scene view to engage with the enormous playing field of digital networks (Croall, 2001). For Fitzgerald and Leopold the construction of fibre optic service cables reflects the future of society whereby companies such as Virgin Media will promise faster and more efficient connections in returning for transmitting more data about us through this new system (Russell, 1998). Therefore the internet in multiple ways has become a global tool through criminal and profiting making ventures at the expense of individual privacy over controlling our personal information. ...read more.


To sum up its clear the internet and desire to be in control of this digital phenomenon is complex issue requiring constant re-engagement both within individual perspectives and corporate or state dimensions. Despite this at the present moment the internet is a powerful individual tool for expression and personal identity. In conclusion the internet is and will remain to be a complex evolutionary tool igniting debating on how society should use it. Undoubtedly corporate and state institutions have enhanced their control over the public through this digital network into our personal or professional lives. In truth such control has been facilitated by wider structural developments of globalisation and marketization in capitalism leading to criminal subcultures overlooking basic civil rights in search of profits. Therefore in this sense the internet has increased control and surveillance to unprecedented scopes of human life. In spite of this, however the future of this platform lies its political and social aims in creating change and providing greater security for individuals on a micro scale. To sum up the internet today is much less concerned with issues of control but has become transformed towards engaging with problems at the heart of society in the 21st century as evidenced by the new social media political movements providing meaning for people. ...read more.

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