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The Global Flow of InformationLegal, Social, and Cultural Perspectives$
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Ramesh Subramanian and Eddan Katz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748114

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748114.001.0001

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Local Nets on a Global Network

Local Nets on a Global Network

Filtering and the Internet Governance Problem

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The Global Flow of Information

John G. Palfrey

NYU Press

This chapter points to how the Internet is currently infiltrated by illiberal elements who may want to control and negate the efforts of the government to support legitimate groups. As the phenomenon of control rises, world governments have started to debate the issue at “Internet Governance Forums.” However, meetings such as the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) have not resulted in any significant improvement as a result of the participants' hesitation to indulge in conversations on thorny topics. The OpenNet initiative has undertaken research to determine the depth of Internet filtering in various countries. While most determined filters focus on stopping access to pornography and “anonymizing” sites, many countries filter content for political reasons.

Keywords:   Internet, Internet governance, WSIS, IGF, worlds governments, OpenNet initiative, Internet filtering, pornography, anonymizing sites

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