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Global Standard Setting in Internet Governance

Alison Harcourt, George Christou, and Seamus Simpson


The standards development organization’s (SDO) role in Internet governance is notable given its central place in society. The bulk of decision-making for the Internet takes place in technical standards fora, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which have no formal state or public sector body membership. Recent years have seen a significant degree of spill-over of highly politicized policy areas such as data protection, digital rights management, security, and bandwidth and spectrum to SDOs, policies which were formerly domains of the nation s ... More

Keywords: Internet governance, standard developing organizations, digital rights, self-regulation, soft governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198841524
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198841524.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Harcourt, author
Professor of Public Policy, University of Exeter

George Christou, author
Professor of European Politics and Security, University of Warwick

Seamus Simpson, author
Professor of Media Policy, University of Salford