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Internet Intermediaries in Comparative Perspective

Comparative Politics
Governance
Regulation
Internet
Social Media
Comparative Perspective
Political Regime
Technology
P193
Daniëlle Flonk
Hertie School of Governance
Aofei Lv
University of Amsterdam
Wiebke Drews
European University Institute

Abstract

Internet governance constitutes a set of formal and informal decision-making processes and power relationships that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. Increasingly, governments rely on Internet companies as intermediaries for executing internet policies. The Internet governance literature has paid attention to the relationship between national governments and private companies and how this relationship shapes the digital public sphere and the regulation of online platforms. A rising field is starting to analyze governance via intermediaries, in which governments increasingly use intermediaries as Internet governance tools, for instance by requesting them to remove content or providing user data. This panel assesses these shifting relationships between national governments and Internet companies in broadly defined Internet governance areas, such as content control, disinformation, hate speech, and E-commerce. Moreover, it does so in a comparative perspective by looking at different regions in the world and comparing regime types in order to detect differences and similarities between countries.

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