Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom

Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom

by Rebecca MacKinnon
     
 

The future of your freedom depends on whether you assert your rights within the digital spaces you inhabit. But, as corporations and countries square off on—and over—the internet, the likely losers are us.

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Overview

The future of your freedom depends on whether you assert your rights within the digital spaces you inhabit. But, as corporations and countries square off on—and over—the internet, the likely losers are us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465024421
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Rebecca MacKinnon works on global internet policy as a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. She is co-founder of Global Voices Online, a global citizen media network that amplifies online citizen voices from around the world. She is also on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and worked for CNN in Beijing for nine years. Recently, she was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. MacKinnon is frequently interviewed by major media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Financial Times, National Public Radio, BBC, and other news outlets. She lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: After the Revolution xix

Part 1 Disruptions

1 Consent and Sovereignty 3

Corporate Superpowers 6

Legitimacy 12

2 Rise of the Digital Commons 15

The Technical Commons 17

Activism 21

Balance of Power 25

Part 2 Control 2.0

3 Networked Authoritarianism 31

How China's Censorship Works 34

Authoritarian Deliberation 40

Western Fantasies Versus Reality 47

4 Variants and Permutations 51

"Constitutional" Technology 53

Corporate Collaboration 56

Divide and Conquer 62

Digital Bonapartism 66

Part 3 Democracy's Challenges

5 Eroding Accountability 75

Surveillance 76

WikiLeaks and the Fate of Controversial Speech 82

6 Democratic Censorship 87

Intentions Versus Consequences 88

Saving the Children 94

7 Copywars 99

Shunning Due Process 101

Aiding Authoritarianism 104

Lobbynomics 108

Part 4 Sovereigns of Cyberspace

8 Corporate Censorship 115

Net Neutrality 116

Mobile Complications 122

Big Brother Apple 126

9 Do No Evil 131

Chinese Lessons 133

Flickr Fail 139

Buzz Bust 141

Privacy and Facebook 144

10 Facebookistan and Googledom 149

Double Edge 151

Inside the Leviathan 153

Google Governance 159

Implications 164

Part 5 What is to Be Done?

11 Trust, but Verify 169

The Regulation Problem 173

Shared Value 175

The Global Network Initiative 179

Lessons from Other Industries 182

12 In Search of "Internet Freedom" Policy 187

Washington Squabbles 188

Goals and Methods 191

Democratic Discord 196

Civil Society Pushes Back 200

13 Global Internet Governance 203

The United Nations Problem 204

ICANN-Can You? 209

14 Building a Netizen-Centric Internet 221

Strengthening the Netizen Commons 223

Expanding the Technical Commons 227

Utopianism Versus Reality 232

Getting Political 237

Corporate Transparency and Netizen Engagement 243

Personal Responsibility 248

Notes 251

Index 283

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