Newish edited volume: Power and Authority in Internet Governance: Return of the State?

(finally getting around to noting my recent publications)

My edited volume (co-edited with Natasha Tusikov and Jan Aart Scholte) is now out, via Routledge. It focuses on the question of the state role in internet regulation from three perspectives: global internet governance; internet governance in authoritarian countries; and internet governance in democratic countries. As you’ll see from our table of contents, we were fortunate to draw on the talents of some very insightful internet scholars from around the world. Please do check it out.

Book description:

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.

Table of contents:

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

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