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Global Standard Setting in Internet Governance

ISBN13: 9780198841524
Published: January 2020
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £70.00

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The book addresses representation of the public interest in Internet standard developing organisations (SDOs). Much of the existing literature on Internet governance focuses on international organisations such as the United Nations (UN), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The literature covering standard developing organisations has to date focused on organisational aspects. This book breaks new ground with investigation of standard development within SDO fora. Case studies centre on standards relating to privacy and security, mobile communications, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and copyright.

The book lifts the lid on internet standard setting with detailed insight into a world which, although highly technical, very much affects the way in which citizens live and work on a daily basis. In doing this it adds significantly to the trajectory of research on Internet standards and SDOs that explore the relationship between politics and protocols. The analysis contributes to academic debates on democracy and the internet, global self-regulation and civil society, and international decision-making processes in unstructured environments. The book advances work on the Multiple Streams Framework (MS) by applying it to decision-making in non-state environments, namely SDOs which have long been dominated by private actors.

The book is aimed at academic audiences in political science, computer science communications and science and technology studies as well as representatives from civil society, the civil service, government, engineers and experts working within SDO fora. It will also be accessible to students at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

IT and Internet Law
1: Introduction: global standard setting in Internet governance.
2: Informal governance and decision-making through multiple streams: explaining standard developing organisations.
3: Internal governance of the IETF, W3C and IEEE: structure, decision-making and internationalisation.
4: The Quick UDP Internet Connection (QUIC) and Transport Layer Security 1.3 Standards: Snowden and the Impact on the Encryption Debate in the IETF
5: Political drift and forum shifts: the case of browser development
6: 802.11ax: Technical Standards-Making, Unlicensed Spectrum and the Future of WiFi
7: The Do Not Track standard: a failure of self-regulation and the politics of contestation.
8: Dynamic Spectrum Access, technical standards and competing spectrum policy interests in the TV white space environment.
9: Protocols and state surveillance.
10: Engineers and the public interest.
11: The Internet of Things: a policy window for standard essential patents.
12: Conclusion: SDO Decision-making and the Public interest.