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Internet Ownership Who should own the Internet
Pages 40 (10040 words)
It is widely theorised that the Internet's creation, inception and implementation have increased global interaction, impacting the daily lives of many global citizens. The Internet provides a myriad of online spaces of interaction that promise to contribute to an extension of the public sphere of rational-critical deliberation…
Governance refers to the emergence and recognition of principles, norms, rules, and procedures that both provide standards of acceptable public behaviour, and that are followed sufficiently to produce behavioural regularities. Governance, thus defined, need not be conducted by governments - international organisations, private firms, and associations of firms and ability to engage within it.
Most Internet governance discussions address national policies while the Internet itself obviously transcends political demarcation. The Internet's expansiveness and socio-economic importance has created challenging global policy issues. A co-ordinated attack on key infrastructure components or a major security breach could now have significant economic and social repercussions. Even mundane responsibilities like IP number system and DNS administration or technical standards setting have been controversial, including questions about their global inclusiveness. Globally, the digital divide not only captures access impurity but also nationally imposed content restrictions for those already connected.
The Internet is not defined by the geographic boundaries that govern nations and laws of the non-virtual world. ...
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