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Internet governance: Towards a non-representational democracy

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  • Matin Hans Knahl, University of Plymouth
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  • Geoff Cox

Internet governance is a contentious topic referring to the global control and management of key internet resources such as IP addresses. Research suggests that the existence of an open market, transparency and competition are having a major impact on internet governance. Key players such as the ICANN are currently in the process of formulating the scope and agenda of future internet governance. Research suggests that institutional as well as market driven governance will remain present for network access and content. Additionally, network governance is increasingly configured in new ways that relate to the topography of distributed systems. The suggestion is that alternative forms are emerging from within a network culture that challenges established forms of governance and allow for the possibility of 'non-representational democracy'.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Web Based Communities
Pages (from-to)319-333
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • ICANN, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Internet governance, Non-representational democracy, World Summit on the Information Society, WSIS

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