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Internet surveillance, regulation, and chilling effects online: a comparative case study

Jonathon W. Penney

Private ordering and the rise of terms of service as cyber-regulation

Luca Belli & Jamila Venturini

Fostering a cyber security mindset

William Dutton

Data portability among online platforms

Barbara Engels

Computer network operations and ‘rule-with-law’ in Australia

Adam Molnar, Christopher Parsons & Erik Zouave

The passage of Australia’s data retention regime: national security, human rights, and media scrutiny

Nicolas Suzor, Kylie Pappalardo & Natalie McIntosh

Towards responsive regulation of the Internet of Things: Australian perspectives

Megan Richardson, Rachelle Bosua, Karin Clark, Jeb Webb, Atif Ahmad & Sean Maynard

Internet policy and Australia’s Northern Territory Intervention

Ellie Rennie, Jake Goldenfein & Julian Thomas

Australian internet policy

Angela Daly & Julian Thomas

Internet accessibility and disability policy: lessons for digital inclusion and equality from Australia

Gerard Goggin, Scott Hollier & Wayne Hawkins

Public artworks and the freedom of panorama controversy: a case of Wikimedia influence

Mélanie Dulong De Rosnay & Pierre-Carl Langlais

Coding and encoding rights in internet infrastructure

Stefania Milan & Niels Ten Oever

The privacy role of information intermediaries through self-regulation

Tatevik Sargsyan

Bulgaria: regulating pornography in the new digital realities

Elza Ibroscheva

Analysing internet policy as a field of struggle

Julia Pohle, Maximilian Hösl & Ronja Kniep

Governing the internet in the privacy arena

Carsten Ochs, Fabian Pittroff, Barbara Büttner & Jörn Lamla
The surveillance disclosures triggered by Snowden have fueled the public re-negotiation of privacy. To follow resulting controversies we present a methodology that links social worlds theory to approaches asking for the democratic governance character of issue-centred arenas. After having outlined this approach it is put to the test. We analyse and compare two cases: the Schengen/National Routing, and the Parliamentary Committee investigating the NSA surveillance disclosures. The analysis reveals two oscillating governance modes at work...

What we talk about when we talk about cybersecurity: security in internet governance debates

Josephine Wolff
At meetings of internet governance organisations, participants generally agree that improving security is an important goal, but these conversations rarely yield consensus around how to achieve this outcome. One reason security plays this paradoxical role—as both a universal point of agreement and a continued source of contention—in these debates is that it has significantly different meanings to different stakeholders involved in these governance forums. In this paper, we discuss how different stakeholders define and frame...

Internet governance as 'ideology in practice' – India's 'Free Basics' controversy

Anita Gurumurthy & Nandini Chami
The paper examines the recent Free Basics controversy in India, which triggered a national level policy debate on the appropriate regulatory response to differential pricing of data services, employing the theoretical framework of 'ideology in practice'. Unpacking 'openness' in design, 'inclusion' in provisioning and 'empowerment' in use as contested concepts in the policy process, the paper demonstrates a paradoxical conflation of oppositional interpretations of access. Tracing the material-discursive practices of actors in the debate and...

Multistakeholder governance processes as production sites: enhanced cooperation "in the making"

Julia Pohle
The paper combines actor-network theory and interpretative policy analysis to conceptualise multistakeholder arrangements in internet governance as production sites in which heterogeneous actors engage in dynamic processes of social ordering such as shared meaning-making and coalition building. The paper draws on existing research that traces processes of social ordering at the intersection of multistakeholder settings and intergovernmental institutions, and on theoretical considerations of multistakeholder mechanisms in internet governance. By focusing on processes of discursive production,...

The invisible politics of Bitcoin: governance crisis of a decentralised infrastructure

Primavera De Filippi & Benjamin Loveluck
Bitcoin is a decentralised currency and payment system that seeks to eliminate the need for trusted authorities. It relies on a peer-to-peer network and cryptographic protocols to perform the functions of traditional financial intermediaries, such as verifying transactions and preserving the integrity of the system. This article examines the political economy of Bitcoin, in light of a recent dispute that divided the Bitcoin community with regard to a seemingly simple technical issue: whether or not...

The myth of the decentralised internet

Ashwin J. Mathew
In popular culture, and in policy discussions, the internet is often conceived of as a decentralised technology, which cannot be controlled. Drawing from research into internet infrastructure, focusing on the Border Gateway Protocol, I show that the internet has never been, and never can be, decentralised. I argue that the internet is better viewed as being distributed, both in terms of technologies and governance arrangements. The shift in perspective, from decentralised to distributed, is essential...

The problem of future users: how constructing the DNS shaped internet governance

Steven Malcic
Before the emergence of internet governance bodies like the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), early network designers learned how to govern the internet in their work building the Domain Name System (DNS). Using original archival research, this article follows conversations among network designers in their daily struggle to keep the Advanced Research Project Agency Network (ARPANET) and early internet in working order. Drawing from social constructivism and path dependence theory, this history...

Instability and internet design

Sandra Braman
Instability - unpredictable but constant change in one’s environment and the means with which one deals with it - has replaced convergence as the focal problem for telecommunications policy in general and internet policy in particular. Those who designed what we now call the internet during the first decade of the effort (1969-1979), who in essence served simultaneously as its policy-makers, developed techniques for coping with instability of value for network designers today and for...

Beyond “Points of Control”: logics of digital governmentality

Romain Badouard, Clément Mabi & Guillaume Sire
In this paper, we aim to show the heuristic benefit of Michel Foucault’s concept of “governmentality”, in order to describe three logics of power and control within digital environments. These three logics – directing, constraining and framing online behaviours – are similar to Foucault’s approach to power, which is understood as a means to “lead other people’s behaviours”, as it is in this case enacted through the mediation of technical resources, such as software, algorithms...

Disclosing and concealing: internet governance, information control and the management of visibility

Mikkel Flyverbom
The ubiquity of digital technologies and the datafication of many domains of social life raise important questions about governance. In the emergent field of internet governance studies, most work has explored novel governance arrangements, institutional developments and the effects of interactions among public and private actors in the emergence of the internet as a matter of concern in global politics. But the digital realm involves more subtle forms of governance and politics that also deserve...

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