Chris Kennedy is a PhD candidate in Political Science, specializing in political theory. He is interested the political significance of the advent of the internet, especially with respect to controversies over the use or abuse of information technology. His dissertation examines three political conflicts over the use of the internet in a liberal democratic society. Each controversy reflects a basic disagreement about the appropriate domain of the public sphere: whether to accommodate electronic forms of civil disobedience, to treat digital information as intellectual property, or to sanction the act of leaking. More broadly, he is interested in the history of political thought and the American political tradition, especially where previous periods of technological development have raised questions similar to those we face today.