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The Global War for Internet Governance$
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Laura DeNardis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181357

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181357.001.0001

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The Public Policy Role of Private Information Intermediaries

The Public Policy Role of Private Information Intermediaries

(p.153) Chapter Seven The Public Policy Role of Private Information Intermediaries
The Global War for Internet Governance

Laura Denardis

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the public policy role of private information intermediaries in controlling the global flow of information and determining individual rights online. Private companies that serve as information intermediaries include social media platforms, search engines, reputation engines, commerce platforms, and content aggregation sites. The chapter explores the ways in which private information intermediaries enact governance over freedom of expression, individual privacy, and reputational issues such as cyberbullying and hate speech. It considers the challenges private industry faces when asked by governments to carry out law enforcement functions or mediate social controversies such as hate speech within their sites.

Keywords:   private companies, Internet governance, freedom of expression, privacy, law enforcement

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