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The Future of Internet Policy

ISBN 9781138855618
Published December 10, 2015 by Routledge
146 Pages

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Book Description

All of the short essays in this volume look past the rhetoric of technological determinism and reliance on the natural logic of the market to consider the power of law and policy to steer new media in one direction or another. Many of the essays look backwards through history or outwards across national borders. They all look forward to how today’s policies will shape the future of the internet and society.

A particular focus of interest for some of the contributors is the revelations that followed Edward Snowden’s mass disclosure of classified documents in 2013, which revealed the U.S. National Security Agency’s systematic and longstanding program of monitoring global communications. Some chapters consider different countries’ varying approaches to regulating the proliferation of online communication, while others assess the current state of digital technology. They all call for policy interventions to solve market failures. This book was originally published as a special issue of Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Internet Policy Crises

Peter Decherney & Victor Pickard

Part I: The Pre-History of Internet Policy

1. The Air Belongs to the People

Victor Pickard

2. Infrastructure in the Air

Josh Shepperd

Part II: The Future of Internet Policy

3. Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible: Three Radically Democratic Internet Policies

Robert W. McChesney

4. Hyper-power and Private Monopoly: The Unholy Marriage of (Neo)corporatism and the Imperial Surveillance State

Chris Marsden

5. The Return of Ideology and the Future of Chinese Internet Policy

Guobin Yang

6. The US Digital Divide: A Call for a New Philosophy

Sharon Strover

7. Crypto War II

Sascha D. Meinrath & Sean Vitka

8. Persistent Pursuit of Personal Information: A Historical Perspective on Digital Advertising Strategies

Inger L. Stole

9. The Media Policy Tower of Babble: A Case for ‘‘Policy Literacy Pedagogy’’

Becky Lentz

10. Utopian Games

Greg Lastowka

11. Fair Use Goes Global

Peter Decherney

12. The Great Evasion: Confronting Market Failure in American Media Policy

Victor Pickard

13. The Death and Life of a Great American Agency

Kevin Werbach

14. "What is wrong cannot be made right" – Why has media reform been sidelined in the debate over "social justice" in Israel?

Amit Schejter and Noam Tirosh

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Peter Decherney is Professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, and the author of Hollywood’s Copyright Wars (2012).

Victor Pickard is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, and the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy (2014).