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En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.
No to TTIP
The net embodies the information society long imagined by knowledge elites in east and west, so why is utopia no closer? Richard Barbrook dissects the influence of cold-war-era technological fantasies on the internet age, and looks beyond to a human-centred politics that keeps the future open.
The visions of artificial intelligence and the information society are premised on an ever-arriving, ever-receding future that evades their true origin, argues Richard Barbrook.
The polarity between anarchy and oligarchy deforms Siva Vaidhayanathans vision of the future of the net. Beneath the rhetoric, he and Bill Thompson share a belief in the net's democratic potential. But Siva does point to a real danger: that state and commodifying forces will undermine the liberating gift economy' that lies at the heart of the net.