Information Technology, National Identity, and Social Cohesion
April 1, 2005
Information technologies of the twenty-first century are qualitatively different from those of the past in ways that affect U.S. national security. These changes are evident both in the overall nature of the global infrastructure and in the ways in which that infrastructure can be used by individuals and groups. This report investigates these new technologies and elaborates how they affect social organization and national identity, as well as how new methods of communication impact national security.
Sandra Braman is a professor of communication at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and the author of Change of State: An Introduction to Information Policy (MIT Press, forthcoming).