The formation of a global public is now widely seen as a possibility opened up by innovations in electronic communications technology, particularly the Internet. Indeed, the World Wide Web potentially deterritorializes the public sphere as tied to the centralized authority of the nation state over a delimited territory. It does so inasmuch as it facilitates a worldwide network of communication among diverse transnational social movements and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). These diverse social movements and civil society organizations are comprised of specifically world citizens who aim to publicize injustices ranging from the local to the global, and contest the power of private and public authorities below, at, and above the level of the state. Through multiple cross-cutting levels of pubic contestation, such deterritorialized, transnational movements and civic organizations hold diverse expressions of power accountable to a global public opinion. Capable of exerting an...
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