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Just Security in an Undergoverned World$
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William Durch, Joris Larik, and Richard Ponzio

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805373.001.0001

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First Among Equals? The Role of the State in Facilitating Internet Access and Protecting the Freedom of Expression Online in the Global South

First Among Equals? The Role of the State in Facilitating Internet Access and Protecting the Freedom of Expression Online in the Global South

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(p.352) 14 First Among Equals? The Role of the State in Facilitating Internet Access and Protecting the Freedom of Expression Online in the Global South
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Just Security in an Undergoverned World
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Sunil Abraham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805373.003.0014

This chapter addresses the twin challenges of facilitating access to the Internet and protecting freedom of expression online, in the Global South. Thus far, Internet regulation has been a multi-stakeholder enterprise, driven primarily by the private sector in the Global North. But this chapter contends that states exert considerable influence over whether and how the Internet is leveraged for the provision of security and justice, especially in the Global South, where the state may retain a monopoly over information flows. The chapter seeks to delineate the appropriate scope of state involvement in facilitating access to the Internet and protecting freedom of expression online in the Global South, finding that states play an important role, in concert with the private sector, regarding access and a preponderant role with respect to protecting the freedom of expression online.

Keywords:   freedom of expression, Internet access, Internet governance, information monopoly, Global South

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