Consent of the Networked The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

ISBN-10: 0465063756

ISBN-13: 9780465063758

Edition: 2013

Authors: Rebecca MacKinnon

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The Internet was going to liberate us, but in truth it has not. For every story about the web’s empowering role in events such as the Arab Spring, there are many more about the quiet corrosion of civil liberties by companies and governments using the same digital technologies we have come to depend upon. InConsent of the Networked, journalist and Internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon argues that it is time to fight for our rights before they are sold, legislated, programmed, and engineered away. Every day, the corporate sovereigns of cyberspace (Google and Facebook, among others) make decisions that affect our physical freedom—but without our consent. Yet the traditional solution to unaccountable corporate behavior—government regulation—cannot stop the abuse of digital power on its own, and sometimes even contributes to it.A clarion call to action,Consent of the Networkedshows that it is time to stop arguing over whether the Internet empowers people, and address the urgent question of how technology should be governed to support the rights and liberties of users around the world.
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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 4/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Foreword to the Paperback Edition
Introduction: After the Revolution
Consent and Sovereignty
Corporate Superpowers
Rise of the Digital Commons
The Technical Commons
Balance of Power
Control 2.0
Networked Authoritarianism
How China's Censorship Works
Authoritarian Deliberation
Western Fantasies Versus Reality
Variants and Permutations
"Constitutional" Technology
Corporate Collaboration
Divide and Conquer
Digital Bonapartism
Democracy's Challenges
Eroding Accountability
WikiLeaks and the Fate of Controversial Speech
Democratic Censorship
Intentions Versus Consequences
Saving the Children
Shunning Due Process
Aiding Authoritarianism
Sovereigns of Cyberspace
Corporate Censorship
Net Neutrality
Mobile Complications
Big Brother Apple
Do No Evil
Chinese Lessons
Flickr Fail
Buzz Bust
Privacy and Facebook
Facebookistan and Googledom
Double Edge
Inside the Leviathan
Google Governance
What is to Be Done?
Trust, but Verify
The Regulation Problem
Shared Value
The Global Network Initiative
Lessons from Other Industries
In Search of "Internet Freedom" Policy
Washington Squabbles
Goals and Methods
Democratic Discord
Civil Society Pushes Back
Global Internet Governance
The United Nations Problem
ICANN-Can You?
Building a Netizen-Centric Internet
Strengthening the Netizen Commons
Expanding the Technical Commons
Utopianism Versus Reality
Getting Political
Corporate Transparency and Netizen Engagement
Personal Responsibility
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
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