Governance, Regulation and Powers on the Internet

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Digital technologies have prompted the emergence of new modes of regulation and governance, since they allow for more decentralized processes of elaboration and implementation of norms. Moreover, the Internet has been raising a wide set of governance issues since it affects many domains, such as individual rights, public liberties, property rights, economic competition, market regulation, conflict management, security and the sovereignty of states. There is therefore a need to understand how technical, political, economic and social norms are articulated, as well as to understand who the main actors of this process of transformation are, how they interact and how these changes may influence international rulings. This book brings together an international team of scholars to explain and analyse how collective regulations evolve in the broader context of the development of post-modern societies, globalization, the reshaping of international relations and the profound transformations of nation-states.
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'The internet is the ultimate multinational non-governmental organization. In its brief life it has become an integral part of most of our lives. Yet it is governed by a mixture of different competing organizations all lobbied by groups with very different goals. Privacy; free speech; intellectual property - all of these interests are fighting over how the internet will be governed - and who will be allowed to speak to whom about what. This book lays out the different organizations, issues, and competing interests and is essential reading for anyone who wants to come to grips with what will likely be the key issue in the first half [of] the twenty-first century.' David K. Levine, John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor, Washington University, St Louis

'A remarkable book that addresses from a truly global perspective the profound transformations on governance models and modes that are underway thanks to internet technologies, online communities and international communications. The editors have assembled a brilliant group of leading thinkers from different countries and disciplines to confront the task. Together, they explore in an insightful and coherent way a new vision for the relationship between information technologies and social and political change. The work combines theory, empirical research and practical approaches to make it an essential read for academics, policy-makers, stakeholders and decision-makers concerned with governance and the internet. A magnificent contribution to our understanding of the information society and an outstanding achievement.' Joel R. Reidenberg, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair, Fordham University School of Law

'An impressive collection of essays on the state-of-art of Internet governance that provides invaluable insights into how the governance debate is shaped - by actors, institutions, structures, and discourse. Highly recommended for everyone desiring an in-depth understanding of Internet governance research!' Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107013421
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Pages: 462
  • Sales rank: 1,156,455
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Brousseau is Professor of Economics at the University of Paris Ouest and at the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute in Florence. He was the director of EconomiX, a joint research center between the CNRS and the University of Paris Ouest, from 2005 to 2011.

Meryem Marzouki is a senior researcher with the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS) and currently works at the Computer Science Laboratory of Paris 6 (LIP6).

Cécile Méadel is Professor of Sociology at the Ecole des Mines, Paris and a researcher at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, a joint research centre between Mines-Paristech and the CNRS.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors; Introduction; 1. Governance, networks and information technologies: societal, political, and organizational innovations Eric Brousseau, Meryem Marzouki and Cécile Méadel; Part I. The Evolution of Regulatory Frameworks in Perspective: 2. The interconnection regime: property and commons: learning from the telecommunication industry privatization process Milton L. Mueller; 3. Regulating networks in the 'new economy': organizing competition to share information and knowledge Éric Brousseau and Jean-Michel Glachant; 4. Balancing informational power by informational power – or – re-reading Montesquieu in the Internet age Herbert Burkett; 5. People on the Internet as agents of change James N. Rosenau and Miles D. Townes; Part II. Reformulating the Fundamentals for Collective Regulations: 6. Co-regulation and the rule of law Benoît Frydman, Ludovic Hennebel and Gregory Lewkowicz; 7. Democratic governance and reflexive modernisation of the Internet Tom Dedeurwaerdere; 8. Internet governance and the question of legitimacy Pierre Mounier; 9. Global governance: evolutions and innovations in international relations Yves Schemeil; Part III. Self Regulations, Communities and Private Orders: 10. On-line communities and governance mechanisms Nicolas Auray; 11. Policing exchanges as self-description in Internet groups Madeleine Akrich and Cécile Méadel; 12. The formation of conventions for Internet activities Christine Hine; 13. Coordination of the international civil society and uses of Internet Christophe Aguiton and Dominique Cardon; Part IV. The Changing Nature of the Law: Coding, Contracting and Ruling: 14. DRM at the intersection of copyright law and technology: a case study for regulation Séverine Dusollier; 15. What contracts can't do: the limits of private ordering in facilitating a creative commons Niva Elkin-Koren; 16. The effects of electronic commerce technologies on business contracting behaviors Bruno Deffains and Jane K. Winn; 17. Internet governance: old issues, new framings, uncertain implications Eric Brousseau and Meryem Marzouki; Index.
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