Cyber-optimists initially saw the internet as the hope for a better society through online communication, with the new technology key to the renewal of direct democracy and citizen empowerment (Rheingold 1995; Toffler and Toffler 1995; Negroponte 1995; Rash 1997; Dyson 1998). Some argued that the inherent structural logic of new media would lead inexorably to the opening up of a decentralized interactive public space in which people (or “netizens”) would form new social bonds and create new fora for political decision-making. In a less utopian perspective with more specific studies, cyber-optimists see the potential of new information communication technologies to lie in their ability to improve and augment current governance rather than replace it entirely (Mulgan and Adonis 1994; Poster 1997; Morris 2000).
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