Internet governance in the UK

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

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443706061686

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.

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