Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World

 Who controls the Internet? Illusions of a borderless world
\r Description \rWho controls the Internet? Illusions of a borderless world Is the Internet to erase national borders? Will the future of the Net fixed by Internet engineers, rogue programmers, the United Nations, or powerful countries? Who is really in control of what’s happening on the web?
In this provocative new book, Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu tell the fascinating story of the Internet’s challenge to governmental rule in the 1990s and the ensuing battles with governments around the world. It is a book about the fate of one idea – that the Internet would free us forever from government, borders, and even our physical self. We learn of Google’s struggles with the French government and Yahoo’s capitulation to the Chinese regime, on how the European Union sets privacy standards on the web for the whole world, and of eBay’s struggle with fraud and how it slowly learned to trust the FBI. In a decade of events the original vision is uprooted, as governments time and time again assert their power to control the future of the Internet. The fate of the Internet over the next decades, argue Goldsmith and Wu, will reflect the powerful nations and conflicts within and between them.
While recognizing the many attractions of the earliest visions of the Internet, the authors describe the new regime, and to speak to both its surprising virtues and vices inevitable. Far from destroying the Internet has experienced in the last decade lead to a quiet rediscovery of some of the oldest functions and justifications for territorial government. Although regional governments have unavoidable problems, it has proved difficult to replace what legitimacy governments have, and harder still to replace the system of rule of law that govern unchecked evils of anarchy. While the Net will change some of the ways that territorial states govern, it will not reduce the oldest and most fundamental roles of government and challenges of governance.
well written and filled with fascinating examples, including colorful portraits of many key players in Internet history, this is a work that is bound to stir heated debate in the cyberspace community.\r Who controls the Internet? Illusions of a borderless world

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