The Global War for Internet Governance


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A groundbreaking study of one of the most crucial yet least understood issues of the twenty-first century: the governance of the Internet and its content

The Internet has transformed the manner in which information is exchanged and business is conducted, arguably more than any other communication development in the past century. Despite its wide reach and powerful global influence, it is a medium uncontrolled by any one centralized system, organization, or governing body, a reality that has given rise to all manner of free-speech issues and cybersecurity concerns. The conflicts surrounding Internet governance are the new spaces where political and economic power is unfolding in the twenty-first century.
This all-important study by Laura DeNardis reveals the inner power structure already in place within the architectures and institutions of Internet governance. It provides a theoretical framework for Internet governance that takes into account the privatization of global power as well as the role of sovereign nations and international treaties. In addition, DeNardis explores what is at stake in open global controversies and stresses the responsibility of the public to actively engage in these debates, because Internet governance will ultimately determine Internet freedom.

Laura DeNardis is one of the world’s leading Internet governance scholars and a professor in the School of Communication at American University. She lives in Washington, DC.

The Global War for Internet Governance is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to understand the political intricacies behind Internet protocols and the diverse group of power players vying to influence them.”—Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University; author of The Future of the InternetAnd How to Stop It

"DeNardis marries her understanding of the underlying infrastructure of the Internet with the literature on technology and society with great effect."—William Dutton
"One can no longer credibly claim to understand the dynamics of global power in the Internet Age without a basic understanding of Internet governance. To that end, DeNardis is required reading."— Rebecca MacKinnon, author of Consent of the Networked

“When the very structures of society are reconfigured, governance must be re-imagined.  In The Global War for Internet Governance, Laura DeNardis elegantly weaves together different aspects of technology and policy to provide a roadmap for imagining how governance can operate in a networked world.”—danah boyd, Microsoft Research and Harvard Berkman Center
"There is no better book to prepare students and policy makers alike for the global debates arising over Internet governance. Professor DeNardis illuminates the ways in which seemingly neutral technical decisions, being made by standards bodies and private companies, are shaping such critical issues as freedom of expression, privacy, intellectual property, cyber security, and access to information resources in the digital age."—William H. Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies, University of Oxford
“The Global War for Internet Governance excavates the largely hidden realm of Internet governance taking place beneath the surface of users’ experience. From technical standard setting to private sector peering arrangements, DeNardis offers an essential introduction to the field.”—Ronald Deibert, University of Toronto

"A thoroughly researched, carefully framed and scoped, and well-written introduction to Internet governance theory and practice from an international perspective."—Urs Gasser

DeNardis takes readers beneath the hood of the Internet, cogently explaining the technical agreements, standards and procedures that tie it together. . . . A rigorous exploration of obscure but important issues with potentially global effects.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This book offers readers the opportunity to understand the connections between Internet technology and Internet governance. . . . [DeNardis] provides insights that the typical policy wonk is likely to overlook.”—Dom Caristi, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

“DeNardis makes an important contribution to the field of internet governance studies. . . . [Global War] is recommended as a text providing a broad, conceptually grounded overview.”—Milton Mueller, Technology and Culture
ISBN: 9780300212525
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
296 pages, 6-1/8 x 9-1/4
9 b/w illus.
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