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By Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro

This booklet throws new mild at the approach during which the net affects on democracy. in response to Jürgen Habermas’ discourse-theoretical reconstruction of democracy, it examines one of many world’s biggest, so much various but in addition so much unequal democracies, Brazil, by way of the huge social and criminal results the web has had. targeting the Brazilian constitutional evolution, the booklet examines how the web may well impression at the legitimacy of a democratic order and if, and the way, it might probably yield possibilities for democratic empowerment. The ebook additionally assesses the ways that legislations, as an establishment and a method, reacts to the adjustments and demanding situations caused via the net: the ways that legislation may perhaps maintain its power as an integrative strength, warding off a ‘virtual’ legitimacy crisis.

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Over time the Internet has expanded, and its potential to become a borderless market and a realm of worldwide real time communication aroused the interest of corporations and governments. Interest in the Internet came along with a need for safety. 54 Security, however, requires control, and that was when, and how, control and surveillance technologies began to be coded in the realm of the Internet. Lessig’s main argument in Code is that the invisible hand of cyberspace is building an architecture that is quite the opposite of the architecture of its birth: a shift has been underway from anarchy to perfect control.

Sunstein, C. R. 2005. Why Societies Need Dissent. Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures. Harvard University Press). However, finding people that have the same dissenting opinion might be an incentive to fight against the mainstream. 26 According to Sunstein, it is important to create institutions that can guarantee that people are exposed to many topics and ideas, including ideas they reject and topics that do not at first interest them. A good constitutional system creates space for deliberation groups, limiting the risk of misunderstandings and even of violence, which is more intense when people are only exposed to the echo of their own voices.

Virtual Politics: Identity and Community in Cyberspace. London: Thousand Oaks. 22 Wellman, B. 2003. “The Social Affordances of the Internet for Networked Individualism”. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 8, no. 3. html, accessed 10/01/2013. 23 Richard Davis advocates the idea that the Internet and online-deliberation spaces need regulation in order to become a sort of public sphere. Left alone, they will not be a real space of deliberation. Davis, R. 2005. Politics Online: Blogs, Chatrooms and Discussion Groups in American Democracy.

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