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Net Neutrality: an Issue of Democracy

Valérie Schafer Francesca Musiani 1 Hervé Le Crosnier 2 
2 Equipe Hultech - Laboratoire GREYC - UMR6072
GREYC - Groupe de Recherche en Informatique, Image et Instrumentation de Caen
Abstract : Beyond the likes of a purely technical issue, situated at the heart of the transport layer of the TCP/IP protocol, net neutrality takes the form of a complex political debate. This chapter's endeavour is to study the set of dimensions that make it possible for net neutrality to be read as a global political issue. The chapter follows the constantly evolving notion of net neutrality as it interrogates the Internet as a laboratory of governance, the actors and dynamics involved in the establishment of a “technical democracy” and the dialectic between the Internet's universal, egalitarian ideal and the techno-political measures shaping the “network of networks.”
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Valérie Schafer, Francesca Musiani, Hervé Le Crosnier. Net Neutrality: an Issue of Democracy. J. Bishop, A.M.G. Solo. Transforming Politics and Policy in the Digital Age, Springer, 17 p., 2013, 9781466660380. ⟨10.4018/978-1-4666-6038-0.ch003⟩. ⟨hal-00771819⟩



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