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William J. Drake and Ernest J. Wilson III

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042512

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042512.001.0001

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Introduction: The Distributed Architecture of Network Global Governance

Introduction: The Distributed Architecture of Network Global Governance

(p.1) 1 Introduction: The Distributed Architecture of Network Global Governance
Governing Global Electronic Networks

William J. Drake

The MIT Press

This book explores the global governance, particularly by intergovernmental institutions, of global electronic networks and related information and communications technology (ICT). It looks at the politics underlying global rules and regulations as well as questions of power and social purpose in network or ICT global governance. It also examines governance “from above” while also emphasizing how global governance looks “from below,” particularly from the perspectives of the developing countries and civil society groups advocating public interest objectives. This chapter serves as an introduction to the discussions that follow. It provides an overview of governance mechanisms pertaining to the information, communication, and commerce distributed over electronic networks, including the frameworks for intellectual property, cybersecurity, privacy protection, and electronic commerce. It also outlines the history of network global governance from 1850 to the present and discusses some of the major global governance mechanisms relating to network infrastructure and related transport services.

Keywords:   global governance, electronic networks, information and communications technology, politics, intellectual property, cybersecurity, privacy, transport services, electronic commerce, developing countries

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