Three Myths of Internet Governance

Making Sense of Networks, Governance and Regulation

Richard Collins

Three Myths of Internet Governance

Richard Collins

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

208 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2009
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841502335 Published February 2010

The Internet is a global medium that defies and sometimes even replaces established media, yet ideas about it are largely biased by a U.S. perspective. This book draws on European and African examples to challenge three established myths about the Internet: that the market can decide its future path; that the Internet is different from “legacy” media; and that national governance is unimportant. Based on extensive empirical research (including interviews and participant observation in international governance at a United Nations World Summit), Three Myths of Internet Governance will appeal to media studies scholars and students, policy makers, and regulators.


Chapter 1:    Online and Legacy Media in the UK: A Half Empty Glass?
Chapter 2:    Online and Legacy Media in the UK: A Half Full Glass?
Chapter 3:    Three Myths of Internet Governance and the Internet in the UK
Chapter 4:    The BBC, the Internet and Public Value
Chapter 5:    Hierarchy to Homeostasis? Hierarchy, Markets and Networks in UK Media and Communications Governance
Chapter 6:    Trust and Trustworthiness in the Fourth and Fifth Estates
Chapter 7:    Associative or Communal Society?  The Globalization of Media and Communications and Claims for Communality
Chapter 8:    Rawls, Fraser, Redistribution, Recognition and The World Summit on the Information Society
Chapter 9:    Trilateralism, Legitimacy and the Working Group on Internet Government
Chapter 10:  E-governance and the Governance of the Global Internet

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