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The Net and the Nation State
Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Internet Governance

  • Editor: Uta Kohl, Aberystwyth University
Uta Kohl, Carrie Fox, Jan Oster, Melissa Aronczyk, Stanislav Budnitsky, Lulu Wei, Christine Hurt, Diane Rowland, Dan Jerker B. Svantesson, Graham Smith, Barney Warf, Jan Aart Scholte, Cedric Ryngaert, Mark Zoetekouw, Philippe Ségur, Georg Glasze
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  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316507612


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  • This collection investigates the sharpening conflict between the nation state and the internet through a multidisciplinary lens. It challenges the idea of an inherently global internet by examining its increasing territorial fragmentation and, conversely, the notion that for states online law and order is business as usual. Cyberborders based on national law are not just erected around China's online community. Cultural, political and economic forces, as reflected in national or regional norms, have also incentivised virtual borders in the West. The nation state is asserting itself. Yet, there are also signs of the receding role of the state in favour of corporations wielding influence through de-facto control over content and technology. This volume contributes to the online governance debate by joining ideas from law, politics and human geography to explore internet jurisdiction and its overlap with topics such as freedom of expression, free trade, democracy, identity and cartographic maps.

    • Proposes a wider legal and non-legal framework within which the internet jurisdiction debate could and should be placed, enabling readers with interests in internet governance to see the various points of contact between different debates
    • The focus on online content and infrastructure will be useful to readers who have an interest in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and other internet infrastructure issues
    • Social science discussions from politics, human geography and media studies are presented in an interesting and accessible style, allowing legal academics and lawyers more generally to tap into 'parallel' debates occurring in other disciplines
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316507612
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 6 maps 1 table
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction. Internet governance and the resilience of the nation state Uta Kohl and Carrie Fox
    Part I. Competing Narratives:
    2. The universal norm of freedom of expression - towards an unfragmented internet: interview with Guy Berger
    3. Which limits on freedom of expression are legitimate? Divergence of free speech values in Europe and the US Jan Oster
    4. Nation branding and internet governance: framing debates over freedom and sovereignty Melissa Aronczyk and Stanislav Budnitsky
    Part II. Solid and Porous Cyberborders:
    5. Gatekeeping practices in the Chinese social media and the legitimacy challenge Lulu Wei
    6. Protecting gamblers or protecting gambling? The economic dimension of borderless online 'speech' Christine Hurt
    7. Where East meets West: censorship and cyberborders through EU data protection law Uta Kohl and Diane Rowland
    8. Cyberborders through 'code': an all or nothing affair? Dan Jerker B. Svantesson
    9. Cyberborders and the right to travel in cyberspace Graham Smith
    Part III. Unpacking Internet Jurisdiction:
    10. Alternative geographies of cyberspace Barney Warf
    11. Polycentrism and democracy in internet governance Jan Aart Scholte
    12. The end of territory? The re-emergence of community as a principle of jurisdictional order in the internet era Cedric Ryngaert and Mark Zoetekouw
    13. A space (partially) apart? Religious asylum and its lessons for online governance Philippe Ségur
    14. Geoinformation, cartographic (re)presentation and the nation state: a co-constitutive relation and its transformation in the digital age Georg Glasze.

  • Editor

    Uta Kohl, Aberystwyth University
    Uta Kohl is a senior lecturer in the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University. She has written extensively on numerous aspects of internet governance, including the monograph Jurisdiction and the Internet: Regulatory Competence over Online Activity (Cambridge, 2007). She is also a co-author of Information Technology Law (with Diane Rowland and Andrew Charlesworth, 2016), now in its fifth edition, and is the co-opted Human Rights Trustee on the board of trustees of the Internet Watch Foundation.


    Uta Kohl, Carrie Fox, Jan Oster, Melissa Aronczyk, Stanislav Budnitsky, Lulu Wei, Christine Hurt, Diane Rowland, Dan Jerker B. Svantesson, Graham Smith, Barney Warf, Jan Aart Scholte, Cedric Ryngaert, Mark Zoetekouw, Philippe Ségur, Georg Glasze

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