Politics by Other Means
by Donovan Griffin
The military theorist Carl von Clausewitz wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means,” and it can be pretty well assumed he had this issue of IT in mind when he came up with his famous 19th-century maxim. Nancy Herther’s article, “Cyberwarfare at a Global Scale,” delves into the battleground of choice for states and other international actors looking to avoid a stand-up fight: the digital realm. And in a “politics by the usual means” piece, Corilee Christou (“Copyright Tribunal: Whose CASE Is It?”) examines the possibility of a small claims alternative copyright tribunal—and who should run the thing—that recently came up as a bill in the House of Representatives.
And for our last feature, David Shumaker sits down with Valerie Gross, president and CEO of Howard County Library System, who fought to increase her library’s use, funding, and reputation, scoring big wins on all fronts. See her strategies in “Libraries = Education: An Interview With Valerie Gross.”
Finally, in John Charlton’s International Report column on page 9, you’ll find that at least one struggle has been decided for good: The resting place of Franz Kafka’s papers will be the National Library of Israel, by way of the Max Brod Archive.
As always, dive into the issue, and you’ll find plenty more worth reading.
— Donovan Griffin