Free Information? The Case Against Google

By Micky Lee.

Published by Technology, Knowledge & Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

Format Price
Book: Print $US40.00
Book: Electronic $US15.00

This book is written to respond to the often heard but erroneous statement: “You can find everything online now!” Internet users assume that information is free. They do not question if free (in the sense of gratis) information fetters the freedom (in the sense of liber) of information.

Using Google as a case study and the political economy of communication as an approach, this book aims to examine Google as a corporation in a capitalist system. The book illustrates how Google is both a product and a force in a specific political economic system. The ultimate aim of the book is to empower readers to realise that Internet users have the power to free information.

Keywords: Google, Free Information, Internet Use, Information Technology

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 4.046MB). Published by Technology, Knowledge & Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Micky Lee

Assistant Professor in Media Studies, Department of Communication and Journalism, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Micky Lee is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Suffolk University, Boston. She obtained her PhD from the University of Oregon and has previously taught at Ithaca College, New York. Her research interests include international communication and the political economy of telecommunications, information and new information and communication technologies. Her work has appeared in Continuum: The Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Information,Communication, and Society, International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Javnost-The Public, Media, Culture and Society.

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