Negotiating Internet Governance ~ free edition


This book by Dr Roxana Radu provides an incisive analysis of the emergence and evolution of global Internet governance, revealing its mechanisms, key actors and dominant community practices.

This book:

Provides an unparalleled analysis of Internet governance mechanisms, actors and practices

Contributes to current policy debates on Internet regulation and explores future directions

Frames the evolution of Internet governance from managing early networks to current challenges such as algorithms

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence

Based on extensive empirical analysis covering more than four decades, it presents the evolution of Internet regulation from the early days of networking to more recent debates on algorithms and artificial intelligence, putting into perspective its politically-mediated system of rules built on technical features and power differentials. 

For anyone interested in understanding contemporary global developments, this book is a primer on how norms of behaviour online and Internet regulation are renegotiated in numerous fora by a variety of actors – including governments, businesses, international organisations, civil society, technical and academic experts – and what that means for everyday users.

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence. It is offered as a free PDF download from Oxford University Press and selected open access locations.

Author: Roxana Radu, Research Associate, Global Governance Centre, The Graduate Institute Geneva

Table of Contents

1: Introduction
2: Deconstructing Internet Governance: a Framework for Analysis
3: Revisiting the Origins: the Internet and its Early Governance
4: Privatisation and Globalisation of the Internet
5: The WSIS Decade and the Public-private Partnership Thirst
6: Enacting Internet Governance: Power and Communities over Time
7: Conclusion: Reflections on a Global Issue Domain

About the author: 
Dr Roxana Radu is a Research Associate at the Global Governance Centre, Graduate Institute in Geneva and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, working on Internet regulation, algorithms and knowledge production in the public sphere. She is also a non-residential fellow at the Centre for Media, Data and Society, Central European University.