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.
|Commitee:||Feng, Wu-chang, Kinsella, David|
|School:||Portland State University|
|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|
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