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Internet governance in the UK

Collins, Richard (2006). Internet governance in the UK. Media, Culture & Society, 28(3) pp. 337–358.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163443706061686
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Abstract

Discussion of internet governance has been shaped by three myths: that the market can decide, that the Internet is different to 'legacy' media and that national governance is unimportant. The author challenges these three myths through an examination of internet governance in the UK in 2003/4 and argues that the internet is a layered, not vertically integrated, medium of communication, that three modes of governance prevail - hierarchy, markets and networks (self-regulatory). The layers of the UK internet are examined, their governance identified and evaluated, and the conclusion drawn that network governance is a distinctive, but not universally present, characteristic of UK internet governance. Also, contemporary, well-functioning arrangements may be unstable, and stronger hierarchical governance may be required in the future.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0163-4437
Keywords: Communication policy; Network; Self-regulation;
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 15992
Depositing User: Users 8955 not found.
Date Deposited: 13 May 2009 15:26
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2013 13:30
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15992
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