Welcome to Internet Cultures & Governance

Welcome to this unit, which offers a comprehensive, fresh, lively, and rigorous account of the central issue in the Internet and digital cultures today – what we call ‘governance’.

As the internet plays an increasingly important role in all aspects of social, cultural and economic life, many of the central issues arising with the internet and digital cultures today revolve around what we call ‘governance’. Governance is about the rules of the internet and associated digital platforms and technologies. It is related to policy and regulation, but also broader, as it includes corporate and civil society actors as well as governments. This unit of study explores cultures and governance of the online world and investigates how politics manifest in both public debates and policy and in the struggle to develop new information architectures and digital ecosystems, at local, national and international levels.