The Futures of Power in the Network Era

by José M. Ramos


This article asks questions about the futures of power in the network era. Two critical emerging  issues are at work with uncertain outcomes. The first is the emergence of the collaborative economy,  while the second is the emergence of surveillance capabilities from both civic, state and commercial  sources. While both of these emerging issues are expected by many to play an important role in  the future development of our societies, it is still unclear whose values and whose purposes will be  furthered. This article argues that the futures of these emerging issues depend on contests for power.  As such, four scenarios are developed for the futures of power in the network era using the double  variable scenario approach.

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