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Codifying Cyberspace

Communications Self-Regulation in the Age of Internet Convergence, 1st Edition

By Damian Tambini, Danilo Leonardi, Chris Marsden


336 pages

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Can the Internet regulate itself? Faced with a range of 'harms' and conflicts associated with the new media – from gambling to pornography – many governments have resisted the temptation to regulate, opting instead to encourage media providers to develop codes of conduct and technical measures to regulate themselves.

Codifying Cyberspace looks at media self-regulation in practice, in a variety of countries. It also examines the problems of balancing private censorship against fundamental rights to freedom of expression and privacy for media users. This book is the first full-scale study of self-regulation and codes of conduct in these fast-moving new media sectors and is the result of a three-year Oxford University study funded by the European Commission.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The ‘Classic’ Model of Self Regulation on the Internet Chapter 2 Self-Regulation of Media Content in Europe Chapter 3 Methodology and Media Self-Regulatory Codes of Conduct Chapter 4 Press councils: codes and analysis of codes in the EU Chapter 5 Mechanisms for self-regulation in the broadcasting sector in the EU Chapter 6 Internet Content and Self-Regulation Chapter 7 ISP Codes of Conduct Chapter 8 Self-regulation of the electronic games industry Chapter 9 Self-regulation of the film industry Chapter 10 Mobile Telephony-Delivered Internet Services and Codes of Conduct to Protect Minors from Adult Content Chapter 11 The Privatisation of Censorship? Self-regulation and freedom of expression Chapter 12 Concluding Chapter

About the Authors

Damian Tambini is Lecturer at the London School of Economics. He was previously Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Oxford University. He is also Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the Oxford Internet Institute and at Oxford University's Said Business School. Tambini's previous publications include Privacy and the Media (2003), Collective Identities in Action: Theories of Ethnic Conflict (2002), New News: Impartial Broadcasting in the Digital Age (2002), Nationalism in Italian Politics (2001), Citizenship, Markets, and the State (2000) and Cyberdemocracy (1998).

Danilo Leonardi is Head of PCMLP (Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy) at the University of Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. He also co-ordinates the IMLA (International Media Lawyers Association), an international network of lawyers working in the areas of media law, media freedom and media policy. He is a founding member of the Legal Human Academy, a group dedicated to innovation in methods for teaching law.

Chris T. Marsden LL.B., LL.M. is Professor of Law at the University of Sussex School of Law. He is the author of Net Neutrality: Towards a Co-Regulatory Solution, Internet Co-Regulation, and three other books.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies