The governance of online expression in a networked world: free-speech, surveillance and censorship

Helena Carrapiço (Editor), Benjamin Farrand (Editor)

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    Abstract

    In recent years, we have witnessed the mushrooming of pro- democracy and protest movements not only in the Arab world, but also within Europe and the Americas. Such movements have ranged from popular upheavals, like in Tunisia and Egypt, to the organization of large- scale demonstrations against unpopular policies, as in Spain, Greece and Poland. What connects these different events are not only their democratic aspirations, but also their innovative forms of communication and organization through online means, which are sometimes considered to be outside of the State’s control. At the same time, however, it has become more and more apparent that countries are attempting to increase their understanding of, and control over, their citizens’ actions in the digital sphere. This involves striving to develop surveillance instruments, control mechanisms and processes engineered to dominate the digital public sphere, which necessitates the assistance and support of private actors such as Internet intermediaries. Examples include the growing use of Internet surveillance technology with which online data traffic is analysed, and the extensive monitoring of social networks. Despite increased media attention, academic debate on the ambivalence of these technologies, mechanisms and techniques remains relatively limited, as is discussion of the involvement of corporate actors. The purpose of this edited volume is to reflect on how Internet-related technologies, mechanisms and techniques may be used as a means to enable expression, but also to restrict speech, manipulate public debate and govern global populaces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon (UK)
    PublisherRoutledge
    Number of pages144
    ISBN (Print)978-1-13-892707-0
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2015

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    surveillance
    governance
    Internet
    protest movement
    organization
    government supervision
    Tunisia
    ambivalence
    Egypt
    Greece
    Arab
    Poland
    social network
    assistance
    Spain
    democracy
    monitoring
    citizen
    event

    Bibliographical note

    This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics.

    Keywords

    • internet governance

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    Carrapiço, H., & Farrand, B. (Eds.) (2015). The governance of online expression in a networked world: free-speech, surveillance and censorship. London (UK): Routledge.
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