The Information Revolution and Its Implications for Democracy

  • Laurence Whitehead
Part of the St Antony's Series book series (STANTS)


This chapter focuses on the implications of the extremely rapid and indeed explosive growth of the global ‘infosphere’ over the past couple of decades (and foreseeably into the medium-term future) and the transformative/disruptive effects it is already having—and will have to a much greater degree in the coming generation—on world politics in general, and democratic politics in particular. A main concern is the profound impact that the latest wave of information and communications technology (ICT) has already had—with most of the big effects still to unfold—on the scope for mass political expression in general (and for broadly democratic versions of that in particular) and indeed on the very nature and possibilities for democratic life in future generations.


  1. Bruer, A., and Y. Welp, eds. 2014. Digital Technologies for Democratic Governance in Latin America: Opportunities and Risks. Abingdon: Routledge.Google Scholar
  2. Floridi, L. 2014. The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Margetts, H., J. Peter, S. Hale, and T. Yasseri. 2015. Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Martins, H.G. 2012. Experimentum Humanum: Civilização Tecnológica e Condição Humana. Belo Horizonte: Editora Fino Traca.Google Scholar
  5. McAfee, A., and E. Brynjolfsson. 2017. Machine Platform Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future. New York: W. W. Norton.Google Scholar
  6. Sorj, B., and S. Fausto, eds. 2017. Political Activism in the Age of the Internet. São Paulo: Plataforma Democratica e-book.Google Scholar
  7. Tufekci, Z. 2017. Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. New Haven: Yale University Press.Google Scholar
  8. Welp, Y. 2015. ‘Cuando todo lo sólido se desvanece en Twitter. Análisis del movimiento social #yosoy132’ [When All That Is Solid Melts into Twitter A Study of the Social Movement #yosoy132]. PostData 20 (2): 417–439.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence Whitehead
    • 1
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK

Personalised recommendations