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Governing Global Electronic NetworksInternational Perspectives on Policy and Power$
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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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International Regulation of Internet Content: Possibilities and Limits

International Regulation of Internet Content: Possibilities and Limits

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Governing Global Electronic Networks

Peng Hwa Ang

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the tensions between freedom of speech and state regulation in the context of the contemporary Internet environment. It considers the key role of the state in the evolution of the Internet and argues that collective responsibilities in communications must be taken seriously without violating individual rights. It discusses a range of initiatives aimed at establishing rules on the circulation of Internet content and explains how the inadequacies of industry self-regulation will lead to increased assertiveness by governments. The chapter also explores opportunities for international cooperation, along with legislation, censorship, content labeling, and self-help. Finally, it outlines policy models for the regulation of Internet content.

Keywords:   freedom of speech, state regulation, Internet, self-regulation, international cooperation, legislation, censorship, content labeling, self-help

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