Three Myths of Internet Governance: Making Sense of Networks, Governance and Regulation

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The Internet is a global medium that redefines and replaces established media, yet our understanding and ideas surrounding it are largely derived from Internet usage in the USA. This book draws on European and African examples to challenge three established myths about the Internet: that the market can decide; that the Internet is different to 'legacy' media; and that national governance is unimportant. The study engages with and challenges established Internet policy, extending the range of topics in media studies by analyzing media other than newspapers, broadcasting and cinema. Chapters confront claims that a new form of social coordination or network governance is replacing both hierarchical and market systems of governance. Collins examines the Internet's impact on established media of communication and on established regulatory orders at national and global levels. He then digs deeper into the socio-ethical norms of freedom of expression, fairness and equality and collective cultural identity in relation to the Internet. Three Myths of Internet Governance will appeal to media studies lecturers and students, policy makers and regulators.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841502335
  • Publisher: Intellect, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Collins is professor of media studies at the Open University. He was formerly deputy directory of the British Film Institute and is the author or editor of many books, including Media and Identity in Contemporary Europe: Consequences of Global Convergence, also published by Intellect Books.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Ch. 1 Online and Legacy Media in the UK: A Half Empty Glass? 19

Ch. 2 Online and Legacy Media in the UK: A Half Full Glass? 33

Ch. 3 Three Myths of Internet Governance and the Internet in the UK 49

Ch. 4 The BBC, the Internet and Public Value 79

Ch. 5 Hierarchy to Homeostasis? Hierarchy, Markets and Networks in UK Media and Communications Governance 89

Ch. 6 Trust and Trustworthiness in the Fourth and Fifth Estates 111

Ch. 7 Associative or Communal Society? The Globalization of Media and Communications and Claims for Communality 135

Ch. 8 Rawls, Fraser, Redistribution, Recognition and The World Summit on the Information Society 151

Ch. 9 Trilateralism, Legitimacy and the Working Group on Internet Government 173

Ch. 10 E-governance and the Governance of the Global Internet 191

References 207

Index 225

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