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Internet Governance : Old Issues, New Framings, Uncertain Implications


In the opinion of many actors and commentators, the subject of internet governance tastes like an old wine in a new bottle – to the extent that some consider, for instance, network neutrality to be more a matter of co-regulation than of internet governance (Marsden, 2010). This experience of déjà vu occurs infrequently when we are dealing with network infrastructure and protocols; it is widespread, however, when – as throughout this book – we address the regulation of content (Frydman, 2004; Marzouki, 2008a; Mopas, 2009). Even after granting that the internet is the target and not the means of the governance process, actually delimiting the full scope and complexity of internet governance remains a work in progress – as attested by the efforts to define its contours as an academic research field (DeNardis, 2010a, 2010b). Despite its broad definition by the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG, 2005) mandated during the World Summit on the Information Society, the field remains amorphous. Even the meaning of the term “internet governance” varies according to the background and objectives of those who invoke it. The result is many ambiguities and misunderstandings in defining the field and the issues at stake. The differences pertain to all dimensions of internet governance, as summarized in the following list.


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Eric Brousseau, Meryem Marzouki. Internet Governance : Old Issues, New Framings, Uncertain Implications. Eric Brousseau; Meryem Marzouki; Cécile Méadel. Governance, Regulations and Powers on the Internet, Cambridge University Press, pp.368-397, 2012, 978-1107-01342-1. ⟨10.1017/CBO9781139004145.023⟩. ⟨hal-01272137⟩
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