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Networked governance and the regulation of expression on the internet : the blurring of the role of public and private actors as content regulators

Farrand, Benjamin and Carrapico, Helena (2013) Networked governance and the regulation of expression on the internet : the blurring of the role of public and private actors as content regulators. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 10 (4). pp. 357-368. ISSN 1933-1681

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Abstract

This editorial provides an overview of the themes of network governance and content regulation expanded upon in the subsequent articles, identifying key issues and concerns prevalent in the literature in this field. In particular, this text considers governance not as an Internet-specific phenomenon, but as a global phenomenon, identifying and discussing literature pertaining to governance both online and offline, and providing examples of theories that seek to explain these forms of governance. Focusing on the interaction between public and private actors in content regulation, this editorial highlights that content regulation is a complex and contested issue that cannot be separated from its social and cultural contexts, and provides an overview of the articles contained.