Networked governance and the regulation of expression on the Internet: the blurring of the role of public and private actors as content regulators

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This editorial provides an overview of the themes of network governance and content regulation that are expanded upon in the subsequent articles, identifying key issues and concerns that are prevalent in the literature in this field. In particular, this text considers governance not as an Internet-specific phenomenon, but as a global phenomenon, identifying and discussing literature pertaining to governance both online and offline, and providing examples of theories that seek to explain these forms of governance. Focusing on the interaction between public and private actors in content regulation, this editorial highlights that content regulation is a complex and contested issue that cannot be separated from its social and cultural contexts, and provides an overview of the articles contained.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37- 41
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Information Technology and Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Sep 2013

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Guest editorial of the Special issue, Governing digital expression in the information age: free-speech, surveillance and censorship.


  • governance, networks, content regulation, public-private partnership

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