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Book on Governing Global Electronic Networks

The MIT Press

Governing Global Electronic Networks:
International Perspectives on Policy and Power

Edited by William J. Drake and Ernest J. Wilson III

The burgeoning use and transformative impact of global electronic networks are widely recognized to be defining features of contemporary world affairs. Less often noted has been the increasing importance of global governance arrangements in managing the many issues raised in such networks. This volume helps fill the gap by assessing some of the key international institutions pertaining to global telecommunications regulation and standardization, radio frequency spectrum, satellite systems, trade in services, electronic commerce, intellectual property, traditional mass media and Internet content, Internet names and numbers, cybercrime, privacy protection, and development. Eschewing technocratic approaches, the contributors offer empirically rich studies of the international power dynamics shaping these institutions. They devote particular attention to the roles and concerns of nondominant stakeholders, such as developing countries and civil society, and find that global governance often reinforces wider power disparities between and within nation-states. But at the same time, the contributors note, governance arrangements often provide nondominant stakeholders with the policy space needed to advance their interests more effectively. Each chapter concludes with a set of policy recommendations for the promotion of an open, dynamic, and more equitable networld order.


Peng Hwa Ang, Jonathan D. Aronson, Byung-il Choi, Tracy Cohen, Peter F. Cowhey, William J. Drake, Henry Farrell, Rob Frieden, Alison Gillwald, Boutheina Guermazi, Cees J. Hamelink, Ian Hosein, Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, Don MacLean, Christopher May, Milton Mueller, John Richards, David Souter, Ernest Wilson III, Jisuk Woo.

"Global electronic networks are now absolutely central to economic, social and political processes the world over. They are the connective tissue that binds together the world community. This volume provides provocative and insightful assessments of key issues and institutions involved in their governance at the global level. I recommend it highly."
— Nitin Desai, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Internet Governance and former Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations

"This valuable compendium provides real insight into the array of debates and issues that the communications revolution creates for global politics. For some readers, this will be a useful entry point to the discussions; for others, it will add sophistication to the debates."
— John Zysman, professor of Political Science and co-director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, the University of California at Berkeley

"The global governance of electronic networks typically reflects the priorities of governments and corporations from the industrialized countries much more than those of developing countries and civil society. Whatís more, much of the scholarly and policy literature on governance processes mirrors this top-down orientation. This volume takes a more balanced approach by giving due consideration to the roles and interests of nondominant actors and offering a series of progressive policy recommendations. The essays blend technical expertise and critical perspectives in a manner that will be very valuable to civil society activists and others working for an inclusive and just global information society."
— Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director, the Association for Progressive Communications

December 2008 * 6 x 9 * 720 pages * 10 illustrations * 978-0-262-04251-2


  • PREFACE vii
    Ernest J. Wilson III
  • 1. Introduction: The Distributed Architecture of Network Global Governance
    William J. Drake p. 1


  • 2. Sovereign Right and the Dynamics of Power in the ITU: Lessons in the Quest for Inclusive Global Governance
    Don MacLean p. 83
  • 3. Balancing Equity and Efficiency Issues in Global Spectrum Management
    Rob Frieden p. 127
  • 4. The Peculiar Evolution of 3G Wireless Networks: Institutional Logic, Politics, and Property Rights
    Peter F. Cowhey, Jonathan D. Aronson, and John E. Richards p. 149
  • 5. The GATS Agreement on Basic Telecommunications: A Developing Country Perspective
    Boutheina Guermazi p. 187


  • 6. Trade Barriers or Cultural Diversity? The Audiovisual Sector on Fire
    Byung-il Choi p. 233
  • 7. The Global Governance of Mass Media Content
    Cees J. Hamelink p. 275
  • 8. International Regulation of Internet Content: Possibilities and Limits
    Peng Hwa Ang p. 305
  • 9. Creating Conventions: Technology Policy and International Cooperation in Criminal Matters
    Ian Hosein p. 331
  • 10. Privacy in the Digital Age: State, Private Actors, and Hybrid Arrangements
    Henry Farrell p. 375
  • 11. Intellectual Property Rights, Capacity Building, and "Informational Development" in Developing Countries
    Christopher May p. 401


  • 12. Louder Voices and the International Debate on Developing Country Participation in ICT Decision Making
    David Souter p. 429
  • 13. The Ambiguities of Participation in the Global Governance of Electronic Networks: Implications for South Africa and Lessons for Developing Countries
    Tracy Cohen and Alison Gillwald p. 463
  • 14. Spectators or Players? Participation in ICANN by the "Rest of the World"
    Milton Mueller and Jisuk Woo p. 507
  • 15. Multistakeholderism, Civil Society, and Global Diplomacy: The Case of the World Summit on the Information Society
    Wolfgang Kleinwachter p. 535
  • 16. Conclusion: Governance of Global Electronic Networks: The Contrasting Views of Dominant and Nondominant Actors
    Ernest J. Wilson III p. 583
  • INDEX p. 623

Other books of interest

William J. Drake and Ernest J. Wilson III, editors

  • The Information Revolution and Developing Countries
    Ernest J. Wilson III
  • Human Rights in the Global Information Society
    Rikke Frank Jorgensen, editor
  • Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective
    Manuel Castells, Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol, Jack Linchuan Qiu, and Araba Sey
  • Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering
    Ronald Deibert, John Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski,and Jonathan Zittrain, editors
  • Governing Global Electronic Networks: International Perspectives on Policy and Power
    William J. Drake and Ernest J. Wilson III, editors
  • Working-Class Network Society: Communication Technology and the Information Have-Less in Urban China
    Jack Linchuan Qiu (Forthcoming Spring 2009)
  • Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation
    Peter F. Cowhey, Jonathan D. Aronson, and John E. Richards, with Donald Abelson(Forthcoming Spring 2009)
  • Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet
    Laura DeNardis (Forthcoming)

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