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Communications

The European Journal of Communication Research

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Volume 37, Issue 2 (Apr 2012)

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Evolving global communications policy agendas and ‘North-South’ relations: the internet and telecommunications

Seamus Simpson
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Published Online: 2012-04-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2012-0004

Abstract

This article focuses on the recent evolution of global policy agendas in two key parts of the communications sector: the internet and telecommunications. It explores the key regulatory governance ideas and practices that have come to the fore in shaping these fast-moving policy arenas. It sheds light on the ways in which selected global institutional contexts have played vital roles in shaping telecommunications and internet policy agendas as well as the resulting implications. In doing so, the paper explores a number of key junctures in the evolution of policy at the international level, highlighting the positions of ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ hemisphere states at critical moments of change. The article contends that sectoral internationalization in telecommunications and the internet has reinforced – rather than created a context for positive change in – the traditional order of North-South relations in these parts of the global information economy and society.

Keywords: policy; global; communications; institutions

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Published Online: 2012-04-26

Published in Print: 2012-04-01


Citation Information: Communications, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2012-0004. Export Citation

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