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Internet freedom: Who should govern the net?

"Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom" by Rebecca MacKinnon.
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The information super-highway, with a few exceptions, is virtually unregulated, but this relatively new frontier may soon be restricted and manipulated by powerful governments and corporations. As a result, a global struggle for control of the World Wide Web is currently underway, according to author and self-proclaimed Internet freedom activist Rebecca MacKinnon.

“It is time,” MacKinnon says, to “address the more fundamental and urgent question of how technology should be structured and governed to support the rights and liberties of all the world’s Internet users.” In her book “Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom,” the former CNN journalist provides a framework for concerned citizens – or “netizens as she calls them – to understand the complex and often hidden dynamics that impact cyberspace. MacKinnon explains that a convergence of unchecked government actions and company practices threatens the future of democracy and human rights around the world.


How are governments and corporations controlling or attempting to control the Web? How could manipulation of the Internet impact personal liberty and freedom? If necessary, what can be done to protect the rights of Internet users?


Rebecca MacKinnon, author of “Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom”