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National Governments and Control of the Internet : A Digital Challenge - Giampiero Giacomello

National Governments and Control of the Internet

A Digital Challenge

Hardcover Published: 17th February 2005
ISBN: 9780415331364
Number Of Pages: 208

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Over the last decade, the Internet has transformed how information can be made available-it is now used to transfer information about things as varied as financial transactions and celebrity gossip and to link and coordinate activities between otherwise isolated people, from protest groups to lonely hearts. This unprecedented ease of access to a wealth of information and contacts presents a challenge to national governments who wish to control and restrain some of this activity.
In recent years, Internet control has become one of the major indicators to assess the balance between freedom and security in democracies. This book explores and compares how, why, and to what extent, national governments decide to control the Internet and how this impacts on crucial socio-economic activities and fundamental civil rights. The author provides detailed studies on the US, Germany, Italy and further case studies on Brazil, Canada, India, the Netherlands, South Africa and Switzerland, to address topics such cyber terrorism, the protection of information infrastructure, and the impact on individual privacy and freedom of speech.
This is the first cross-country, comparative study on the issue of Internet control. It will be of interest to international relations scholars and students, and particularly those with an interest in the Internet.

Foreword by Thomas Risse
Sometimes Security Just Does Not Prevail: The Case of the Cryptowars
What Democracies Do? An Overview
The United States: The Sole Information Superpower
'Das Netz Uber Alles': Germany On line
'Internet Per Tutti!': Italy's Elusive Information Society
Conclusions: Digital Winners, Virtual Losers
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ISBN: 9780415331364
ISBN-10: 0415331366
Series: Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 17th February 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.1  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1