Coding and encoding rights in internet infrastructure

Milan, S. & N. ten Oever (2017)

Coding and encoding rights in internet infrastructure

Stefania Milan, Niels ten Oever

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Abstract

This article explores bottom-up grassroots ordering in internet governance, investigating the efforts by a group of civil society actors to inscribe human rights in internet infrastructure, lobbying the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Adopting a Science and Technology Studies (STS) perspective, we approach this struggle as a site of contestation, and expose the sociotechnical imaginaries animating policy advocacy. Combining quantitative mailing-list analysis, participant observation and qualitative discourse analysis, the article observes civil society in action as it contributes to shape policy in the realm of institutional and infrastructure design.

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Milan, S. & N. ten Oever (2017). “Coding and encoding rights in internet infrastructure”, Internet Policy Review, 6(1). DOI: 10.14763/2017.1.442.

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