1st Edition

Power and Authority in Internet Governance Return of the State?

Edited By Blayne Haggart, Natasha Tusikov, Jan Aart Scholte Copyright 2021
    284 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Power and Authority in Internet Governance investigates the hotly contested role of the state in today's digital society. The book asks: Is the state "back" in internet regulation? If so, what forms are state involvement taking, and with what consequences for the future?

    The volume includes case studies from across the world and addresses a wide range of issues regarding internet infrastructure, data and content. The book pushes the debate beyond a simplistic dichotomy between liberalism and authoritarianism in order to consider also greater state involvement based on values of democracy and human rights. Seeing internet governance as a complex arena where power is contested among diverse non-state and state actors across local, national, regional and global scales, the book offers a critical and nuanced discussion of how the internet is governed – and how it should be governed.

    Power and Authority in Internet Governance provides an important resource for researchers across international relations, global governance, science and technology studies and law as well as policymakers and analysts concerned with regulating the global internet.

    Introduction: Return of the State?, Blayne Haggart, Jan Aart Scholte, Natasha Tusikov  Part 1: Global Internet Governance: The Bird’s Eye View  Chapter 1: From Governance Denial to State Regulation: A Controversy-Based Typology of Internet Governance Models, Mauro Santaniello  Chapter 2: The Role of States in Internet Governance at ICANN, Olga Cavalli and Jan Aart Scholte  Chapter 3: The Metagovernance of Internet Governance, Niels ten Oever  Chapter 4: The Data-Driven Economy and the Role of the State, Dan Ciuriak and Maria Ptashkina  Part 2: Internet Governance and Authoritarian States  Chapter 5: Building China’s Tech Superpower: State, Domestic Champions and Foreign Capital, Lianrui Jia  Chapter 6: "Nine Dragons Run the Water": Fragmented Internet Governance in China, Ting Luo, Aofei Lv  Chapter 7: Russia: An Independent and Sovereign Internet?, Ilona Stadnik  Part 3: Internet Governance and Democratic States  Chapter 8: The Return of the State? Power and Legitimacy Challenges to EU’s regulation of Online Disinformation, Julia Rone  Chapter 9: Varieties of Digital Capitalism and the role of the state in Internet governance: A view from Latin America, Jean-Marie Chenou  Chapter 10: Seeing through the Smart City Narrative: Data Governance, Power Relations, and Regulatory Challenges in Brazil, Jhessica Reia, Luã Fergus Cruz  Conclusion: State Power (and Its Limits) in Internet Governance, Natasha Tusikov, Blayne Haggart, Jan Aart Scholte


    Blayne Haggart is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada, and Research Fellow, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

    Natasha Tusikov is Assistant Professor of Criminology at York University in Toronto and a visiting fellow with the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University.

    Jan Aart Scholte is Chair of Global Transformations and Governance Challenges at Leiden University and Co-Director of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen.