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Tangentium: A relatively young online journal devoted to alternative perspectives on IT, politics, education and society. Volumes that has been released since fall 2003 sound interesting, see for example March 2004 Issue Cyberspace and Noösphere: "Having considered more practical applications of ICT in our previous issue, this month we explore some issues in political theory and philosophy which are relevant to ICT. We do so to address the following questions.

  • Why do discussions of "cyberspace" fail to define this idea with any depth?
  • What false assumptions result from this failure?
  • How can we better describe what "cyberspace" actually is, and what can we then do with this idea?
    We propose that these ideas can only be succesfully explored with reference to some concepts developed from environmental science and philosophy. "Cyberspace" could be seen as a sub-division of the intangible but real reservoirs of human consciousness and shared memories. This "sphere" has been termed "the noösphere". The origins and development of this idea are explored in the supplementary essayThe Biosphere and the Noösphere. We can construct a useful model for analysing cyberspace only through appreciating the reality of the noösphere and the ways in which it relates to other aspects of Earthly existence. This is addressed by the feature essay, Controlled Change: The Politics of ICT and the Noösphere.
    This develops the idea of cyberspace as not a new "space" which emerged only through the use of ICT, but as an interaction between the noösphere and a particular technology -- computing technology. Analysis of cyberspace and the interactions which occur there cannot therefore be conducted as if cyberspace is isolated from other concerns such as power relations, or isolated from its own history and the history of the noösphere as a whole."

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