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Global Free Expression : Governing the Boundaries of Internet Content (Hardcover) (Benjamin Wagner)
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This bookexamines the changes in the governance of human expression as a result of thedevelopment of the Internet. It tells the story of the emergence of a globalregime that almost completely lacks institutions, and develops a concept of‘expression governance’ that focusses on the governance practices of key actorsin Europe and North America. The book illuminates the increased disciplinary capacity of the Internetinfrastructure that has become apparent to the public following EdwardSnowden’s leaks in 2013,and provides a theoretical frame within which such changes can be understood.It argues that the Internet has developed a ‘globaldefault’ of permissible speech that exists pervasively across the globe butbeyond the control of any one actor. It then demonstrates why the emergence of sucha ‘global default’ of speech is crucial to global conflict in the internationalrelations of the Internet. The book concludes with an elaboration of the regulatorypractices and theatrical performances that enable a global regime as well as thethree key narratives that are embedded within it.