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The Global War for Internet Governance is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to understand the political intricacies behind Internet protocols and the diverse group of power players vying to influence them.”—Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University; author of The Future of the InternetAnd How to Stop It
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"One can no longer credibly claim to understand the dynamics of global power in the Internet Age without a basic understanding of Internet governance. To that end, DeNardis is required reading."— Rebecca MacKinnon, author of Consent of the Networked
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“When the very structures of society are reconfigured, governance must be re-imagined.  In The Global War for Internet Governance, Laura DeNardis elegantly weaves together different aspects of technology and policy to provide a roadmap for imagining how governance can operate in a networked world.”—danah boyd, Microsoft Research and Harvard Berkman Center
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"There is no better book to prepare students and policy makers alike for the global debates arising over Internet governance. Professor DeNardis illuminates the ways in which seemingly neutral technical decisions, being made by standards bodies and private companies, are shaping such critical issues as freedom of expression, privacy, intellectual property, cyber security, and access to information resources in the digital age."—William H. Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies, University of Oxford
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“The Global War for Internet Governance excavates the largely hidden realm of Internet governance taking place beneath the surface of users’ experience. From technical standard setting to private sector peering arrangements, DeNardis offers an essential introduction to the field.”—Ronald Deibert, University of Toronto
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"A thoroughly researched, carefully framed and scoped, and well-written introduction to Internet governance theory and practice from an international perspective."—Urs Gasser
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DeNardis takes readers beneath the hood of the Internet, cogently explaining the technical agreements, standards and procedures that tie it together. . . . A rigorous exploration of obscure but important issues with potentially global effects.”—Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Laura DeNardis is one of the world’s leading Internet governance scholars and a professor in the School of Communication at American University. She lives in Washington, DC.


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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300181353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300181357
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Musiani on January 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Book Review: Laura DeNardis (2014). The Global War for Internet Governance. New Haven, CT and London : Yale University Press.

By Francesca Musiani

The final draft of Laura DeNardis’s most recent book, officially released on January 1st, 2014, had most likely been finalized before Edward Snowden’s recent revelations about the pervasive surveillance implemented by the U. S. National Security Agency entered the media spotlight, which explains the absence of direct references to the controversy throughout the 300-page volume. Yet, because of the Snowden revelations and a number of other issues addressed thoroughly in this extremely important book - from WikiLeaks to the SOPA and PIPA bill projects - the exploration of Internet governance (IG) issues through a “global war” lens has never been more relevant than it is today. Information and communication technologies, the Internet first and foremost, are increasingly mobilized to serve broader economic, political and military aims, ranging from the theft of strategic data to the hijacking of industrial systems. The rise of techniques, devices and infrastructures destined to digital espionage, data collection and aggregation, tracking and surveillance is highlighted not only by the recent Snowden revelations, but also by the construction and the organization of a dedicated, increasingly widespread and lucrative market.

As an interdisciplinary scholar of Internet governance grounded in Science and Technology Studies (STS) myself, I had been very much looking forward to the release of this book, which will undoubtedly prove to be a central reference for Internet governance as an emerging field of study in the coming years.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randal Pitman on June 18, 2014
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I purchased this book for a project I was doing for a college course. This book is so full of information and is very helpful in making sure you are clear on what is going on with internet governance. It also helped me understand how to do some research on the subject for myself.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By on behalf of PG IT on May 12, 2014
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A must read if you are interested in internet govenance policy. One of the few books explaining both sides of the issue.
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