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Society and the InternetHow Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives$
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Mark Graham and William H. Dutton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661992

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661992.001.0001

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The Social Media Challenge to Internet Governance

The Social Media Challenge to Internet Governance

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Society and the Internet

Laura DeNardis

Oxford University Press

Much discussion of Internet governance focuses on global forums and debates over policy and practice. This chapter argues that the study of Internet governance needs to focus more on how governance is being shaped away from the international forums, as it is embedded in technical and business decisions about the Internet and related applications. Focusing the discussion on social media, the chapter argues that the future of civil liberties, such as freedom of expression and privacy, and technical openness are being decided out of the public’s gaze. Technical and business decisions are having long-range social implications that the policy community and larger public do not see, and are therefore unable to hold those developing these policies to account. The future of anonymity, for example, will have major implications for freedom of expression, but is being winnowed away through technical decisions about the Internet’s underlying infrastructure.

Keywords:   governance, Internet governance, civil liberties, freedom of expression, social media

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