Chapter 6 summarizes the arguments in the book and discusses two central implications of the findings. First, nonpolitical websites and online communities are essential to understanding civic engagement. Because of their importance, understanding the implications of privately owned online spaces and the choices that website owners and administrators make as they shape online community spaces is crucial. Second, it is unclear what the future holds for Internet activists such as the activist Anonymous groups or the Pirate Parties. However, there is some indication that groups such as these are part of an emergent social movement focused on freedom of information.
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