Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Moving Beyond Regulatory Mechanisms: A Typology of Internet Control Regimes
by Hunt, Richard Reid, M.S., Portland State University, 2014, 164; 1560952
Abstract (Summary)

This paper examines national Internet control from a policy regime perspective. The mechanisms through which governments attempt to control the Internet may be developed and implemented by different institutions and agencies, or fall outside of a formal regulatory structure entirely. As such, the totality of the institutions and practices of national Internet control is better conceptualized not as a regulatory regime, but as a control regime. After a survey of the critical policy and control dimensions, a six-part typology of control regimes is proposed. The purpose of this study and typology is exploratory. With comparative research about Internet control regimes at a relatively early stage, this paper aims to enable the formation of concepts and hypotheses about the interrelationship, or co-presence, of key distinguishing variables in different Internet control regimes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gilley, Bruce
Commitee: Feng, Wu-chang, Kinsella, David
School: Portland State University
Department: Political Science
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 53/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Political science, Web Studies
Keywords: Authoritarian internet, Internet communication, Internet control, Internet policy, Internet regulation, Policy regime
Publication Number: 1560952
ISBN: 978-1-321-04954-1
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