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Identify and Sort: How Digital Power Changed World Politics

Josef Teboho Ansorge


The advent of information technology ushered in new forms of political power. Machines play crucial roles in how states see, understand, and act, and scrutiny of these processes lies at the heart of this book. It frames debates about IT in world politics, explaining how industrial sorting systems employed by political actors are renegotiating the social contract between individuals and the state. The text takes the reader on a global expedition that tracks the historical antecedents of digital power, from Aztec and Inca rituals, to medieval filing systems, to a grandiose 1930s design for a Ger ... More

Keywords: information technology, machines, world politics, sorting systems, digital power, databases, post-conflict reconstruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190245542
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josef Teboho Ansorge, author