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Product Details

  • Series: Information Revolution and Global Politics
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (September 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262014599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262014595
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I recommend this book to professionals in the field, as it is an exploratory analysis that is well supplemented with references to relevant sources." -- Diego Merani, Computing Reviews



"A brilliant political account of the clash between the new power of transnational Internet governance institutions and the traditional role of the nation-state as the principal mechanism of governance. Networks and States is required reading for anyone concerned about protecting Internet freedom on a global scale as these battles unfold." -- Laura DeNardis, Yale University, author of Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance



"Networks and States is a reasoned and spirited contribution to the debates over the meaning -- indeed, the very existence -- of Internet governance. There is much to contest in it, which makes it all the more interesting and vital." -- Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University, and author of The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It



"Milton Mueller's account of Internet governance is innovative in its application of network theory, fascinating in its case studies, and likely controversial in its policy judgments. In short, it is exactly what policy scholarship should contribute to a major international issue." -- Peter F. Cowhey, Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy, University of California, San Diego

About the Author

Milton L. Mueller is Professor at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. He is the author of Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002) and other books.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Thierer on November 28, 2010
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Milton Mueller's "Networks and States: The Global Politics of Internet Governance," continues his exploration of the forces shaping Internet policy across the globe. What Mueller is doing in his work in this book and elsewhere is becoming the early chronicler of the unfolding Internet governance scene. He meticulously reports on, and then deconstructs, ongoing governance developments along the cyber-frontier. He is, in effect, a sort of de Tocqueville for cyberspace; an outsider looking in and asking questions about what makes this new world tick. Fifty years from now, when historians look back on the opening era of Internet governance squabbles, Milton Mueller's work will be among the first things they consult.

Mueller's goal in "Networks and States" is two-fold and has both an empirical and normative element. First, he aims to extend his exploration of the actors and forces affecting Internet governance debates and then develop a framework and taxonomy to better map and understand these forces and actors. He does a wonderful job on that front, even though many Net governance issues (especially those related to domain name system issues and ICANN) can be incredibly boring. Mueller finds a way to make them far more interesting, especially by helping to familiarize the reader with the personalities and organizations that increasingly dominate these debates and the issues and principles that drive their actions or activism.

Mueller's second goal in "Networks and States" is to breathe new life into the old cyber-libertarian philosophy that was more prevalent during the Net's founding era but has lost favor today.
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I bought this for a class--which also happened to be taught by Dr. Mueller. I did not find that offensive or self-serving, however, since 1: this costs pretty much infinite amounts less than any textbook on the subject and 2: it saved Dr. Mueller time since instead of telling us these stories in class he could simply have us read the relevant chapter.

Dr. Mueller has a great, dry sense of humor, and what's great about this book is that it's not just some dry examination of the state of global information policy. It's peppered with personal stories and observations from behind the scenes by a man (who might secretly be just a little bit of an iconoclast) who's been deeply involved in the scene for the past couple of decades. You'll come to understand not only what's going on in terms of technology and policy, but exactly how that translates to affecting the lives of real people and their communities.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. on January 6, 2012
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When I initially saw the title of Mueller's book, "Networks and States," I was intrigued. These two entities are currently engaged in a complex and fascinating interplay of power in which state actors seek to control the network as network actors undermine and challenge state power. Unfortunately, we only get half of the story in Mueller's book: attempts by state actors to control the Internet. The subtitle of the book, "The Global Politics of Internet Governance" is the book's true subject.

Mueller gives an excellent and thorough exploration of how states have tried to govern the Internet, yet this view seems somehow outdated. In the streets of the world's major cities we are seeing networked non-state actors seriously challenging state power. That Mueller ignores these mechanisms is a shame. By taking a traditional view of international politics - in which institutions, not individual, are the central actors - Mueller has set for himself an unambitious goal, which he achieves. I wish he had aimed a little higher.
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Dr. Milton Mueller is Professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. A passionate advocate of Internet freedom and transnational governance for the Internet, his research focuses on property rights, institutions and global governance in communication and information industries.

As one of the founders of the Internet Governance Project, Mueller helped create an alliance of scholars in action around global Internet policy issues. His book Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002) was the first book-length analysis of the political and economic forces leading to the creation of ICANN. His new book about Internet governance, Networks and States: The Global Politics of Internet Governance (MIT Press, 2010), examines the Internet as a site of institutional innovation that transcends the nation state but also serves as the situs of conflict between national and global forms of regulation and control. Currently, he is doing research on the ISP intermediary responsibility, IP addressing policy, the policy implications of Deep Packet Inspection technology and the security governance practices of ISPs.

Mueller has played a leading role in organizing and mobilizing civil society in ICANN and in the Internet Governance Forum. He was a founder of the Noncommercial Users Constituency in ICANN and served as its chair for several terms. He has served as an elected member of ICANN's GNSO Council and has worked on various task forces related to new top level domains, Whois/privacy, and the .org reassignment. Mueller is on the Advisory Council of Public Interest Registry (.org).

Mueller received the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. He did his undergraduate work at various institutions in Chicago, specializing in Animation, Filmmaking and so-called "new media" technologies in the mid-1970s, ultimately receiving the B.A. from Columbia College in 1976.From January 2008 to December 2010 he held the XS4All Chair devoted to the "security and privacy of Internet users" at the Technology University of Delft, Netherlands.

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