Revolutionizing the Interaction between State and Citizens through Digital Communications

Revolutionizing the Interaction between State and Citizens through Digital Communications

Noted as an IGI Global Core Reference Title in Government & Law for 2019.

Sam B. Edwards III (Quinnipiac University, USA) and Diogo Santos (Federal University of Maranhao, Brazil & Dom Bosco University, Brazil)
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Release Date: July, 2014|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 330|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6292-6
ISBN13: 9781466662926|ISBN10: 1466662921|EISBN13: 9781466662933


Networked communication technologies have drastically changed the relationship between States and their citizens. This fundamental shift has eased civilians’ ability to access information and organize groups like never before, creating the need to re-examine existing theories.

Revolutionizing the Interaction between State and Citizens through Digital Communications evaluates the relationship between governments and their constituents, and how this relationship is impacted by emerging technologies. Discussing both developed and underdeveloped nations, this book provides a comparison for the ongoing shift in societies, serving as a critical reference for legal professionals, activists, government employees, academics, and students.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Right to Assemble
  • Direct Democracy
  • E-Government
  • Information Policy
  • Law in the Digital Era
  • New Information Technologies
  • Political Movements and Social Media

Reviews and Testimonials

Just as digital social networks have fundamentally changed interpersonal communications and interactions, so too have the manner in which citizens interact with their leaders and governments. Since connectivity to the internet and social networking sites have become available worldwide, it has become nearly impossible for authoritarian governments to suppress the voice of its citizens. The ability to instantaneously communicate and disseminate information has been the driving force behind the latest waves of social movements throughout the world. Intended for legal professionals, activists, and policy makers, this book examines how the relationship between citizens and their governments have changed in the wake of the social network revolution.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Sam B., Edwards III, obtained his Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College and his LLM. in international environmental law from Nagoya University, Graduate School of Law in Nagoya Japan. He is a professor of environmental law and policy at Green Mountain College in Vermont, USA and a visiting professor of law at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. Professor Edwards holds a license to practice law in California, the Territory of Guam, The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia. Professor Edwards' research focuses on the intersection of law, culture, and technology. Professor Edwards has practiced, studied, and taught law in the United States, Kenya, The Federated States of Micronesia, Japan, and Thailand. He has published in the areas of law and culture, international trade in endangered species, business law, environmental valuation in Micronesia, and online business transactions for small and medium enterprises.
Diogo Santos, obtained his Bachelors of Laws in 2003 from the Federal University of Maranhão, in Brazil, Diogo Santos was granted a Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) scholarship to pursue a masters of law degree at the Graduate Shcool of Law in 2007 and a PhD in International Development at the Graduate School of International Development in 2010, both at Nagoya University. Since returning to Brazil, Dr. Santos has served in various academic positions, such as Director of the School of Law of the State University of Maranhão, professor of International Law, economics and Constitutional Theory at the Dom Bosco University in São Luís, Brazil, and professor of International Law in the Federal University of Maranhão. Diogo has also published a number of articles in the fields of Intellectual Property Law, Environmental Law, Democracy, Legitimacy and Presidential decrees in various international journals.