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Law, Governance and Technology Series

Global Free Expression - Governing the Boundaries of Internet Content

Authors: Wagner, Ben

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  • Helps readers understand how what they can say online is shaped by a few key private and public actors
  • First book to explain how the governance of speech on the Internet works
  • Provides a novel academic contribution to the field
  • Is an important book that re-imagines freedom of expression on the Internet​
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About this book

This book examines the changes in the governance of human expression as a result of the development of the Internet. It tells the story of the emergence of a global regime that almost completely lacks institutions, and develops a concept of ‘expression governance’ that focusses on the governance practices of key actors in Europe and North America. The book illuminates the increased disciplinary capacity of the Internet infrastructure that has become apparent to the public following Edward Snowden’s leaks in 2013, and provides a theoretical frame within which such changes can be understood. It argues that the Internet has developed a ‘global default’ of permissible speech that exists pervasively across the globe but beyond the control of any one actor. It then demonstrates why the emergence of such a ‘global default’ of speech is crucial to global conflict in the international relations of the Internet. The book concludes with an elaboration of the regulatory practices and theatrical performances that enable a global regime as well as the three key narratives that are embedded within it.

About the authors

Ben Wagner, PhD is the Director of the Centre of Internet & Human Rights (CIHR). His research focuses on human rights and technology, ethics and governance of algorithms as well as the disconnection of communications networks. Ben holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence. He was previously a post-doctoral research fellow at University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Fellow at Human Rights Watch, Humboldt University and the European Council on Foreign Relations. His research has been published in Politics, Telecommunications Policy, JITP and the International Journal of Communications.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Governing Internet Expression: An Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Wagner, Ben

  • Towards a Theory of Information Control: Content Regulation, Disciplinary Capacity and the Governance on the Internet

    Pages 11-33

    Wagner, Ben

  • Internet Technologies Increasing Ability to Control: The Development of Disciplinary Capacity in the Past Two Decades

    Pages 35-62

    Wagner, Ben

  • The Public Sector and Content Regulation: Focussing on Pornography and Child Sexual Abuse Material

    Pages 63-95

    Wagner, Ben

  • The Private Sector and Content Regulation: The Margin of Permissible Expression

    Pages 97-120

    Wagner, Ben

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eBook £87.50
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-33513-1
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Hardcover £109.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81532-9
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Global Free Expression - Governing the Boundaries of Internet Content
Authors
Series Title
Law, Governance and Technology Series
Series Volume
28
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33513-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33513-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33511-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81532-9
Series ISSN
2352-1902
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 184
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
Topics