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Argument-by-technology: how technical activism contributes to internet governance

Powell, Alison (2013) Argument-by-technology: how technical activism contributes to internet governance. In: Brown, Ian, (ed.) Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 198-220. ISBN 9781849805025

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Who influences the future of the internet, and how? Internet governance literature has focused on discussing multistakeholderism, rulemaking, and sometimes design, but has difficulty considering the impact of technical activism that claims disruption of systems as part of its strategy. This chapter critically examines how and whether technical activism can contribute to internet governance. Drawing on Christopher Kelty's (2004) observation that persuasive arguments can be made both through language and by technology, it examines how existing definitions of governance, which are often focused on rule-making, engage with this broader set of 'arguments-by-technology”.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2013 11:31
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 00:39

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