Globalization, Citizenship and New Information Technologies: From the MAI to Seattle

Globalization, Citizenship and New Information Technologies: From the MAI to Seattle

Peter J. Smith (Athabasca University, Canada) and Elizabeth Smythe (Concordia University College of Alberta, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-130-8.ch014
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Abstract

This chapter examines how information technologies have been used by non-governmental organizations to contest economic globalization. The chapter uses as case studies the failed attempt to negotiate the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (1995-1998) and the failed effort to launch a new round of trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization ministerial meetings in Seattle 1999. We do not take the simplistic view that non-governmental organizations were solely responsible for defeating the MAI, or stopping further trade negotiations, but rather use these cases to examine how Internet technology contributed to the capacity of groups to communicate, to quickly mobilize and widely disseminate critical information, outside the control of national elites.

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