The Global War for Internet Governance
The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press)
“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
“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
“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 Internet–And How to Stop It
“A thoroughly researched, carefully framed and scoped, and well-written introduction to Internet governance theory and practice from an international perspective.”—Urs Gasser
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 foremost Internet governance scholars and a professor in the School of Communication at American University. She lives in Washington, DC.