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I asked Lars to send along an announcement about his just released
PhD dissertation.  The English abstract and summary make it quite
accessible and worth a read.

Steven Clift
Democracies Online
P.S. Speaking of Sweden, would anyone like to put together a quick
summary of the high and lowlights of your recent elections and the
Internet.  Anything new?  Anything interesting?


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From:                   "Lars Ilshammar" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject:                Front report 2.0


The public sphere in Sweden has in fact deteriorated during a period
of
rapid technological and political change, when increasing attention
has been
given to information technology as a new tool for improving democracy
and
empowering citizens.

These are among the more important finding in a new dissertation by
Lars
Ilshammar, PhD-student in contemporary history at the University of
Írebro,
Sweden, and presented in the beginning of June.

Ilshammar describes the transformation of the public sphere in Sweden
during
the period 1969-1999, and analyses the role of information technology
and
politics in the process, with special attention to the legal system
and the
technical infrastructure.

The English title of the dissertation is: "The New Public Sphere:
Technology
and Politics in Sweden 1969-1999". The full text (with an abstract
and a
summary in English) can be downloaded in PDF-format from:
http://130.243.97.200/mlnn/democrit//ilshammar/avhandling.pdf

Ilshammar is now taking over the position as director of the DemocrIT
research programme at the same university, while media professor Stig-
Arne
Nohrstedt remains in the position as scientific head.
The DemocrIT programme will give a PhD-course on the Network Society
later
this fall. The course is open to PhD-student in all the Nordic
countries.
Interested students can get in contact with:
[EMAIL PROTECTED]
More information about the course and about DemocrIT can be found on
the
website: http://www.democrit.org

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