Power and Authority in Internet Governance investigates the hotly contested role of the state in today's digital society. The book asks: Is the state "back" in internet regulation? If so, what forms are state involvement taking, and with what consequences for the future?

The volume includes case studies from across the world and addresses a wide range of issues regarding internet infrastructure, data and content. The book pushes the debate beyond a simplistic dichotomy between liberalism and authoritarianism in order to consider also greater state involvement based on values of democracy and human rights. Seeing internet governance as a complex arena where power is contested among diverse non-state and state actors across local, national, regional and global scales, the book offers a critical and nuanced discussion of how the internet is governed – and how it should be governed.

Power and Authority in Internet Governance provides an important resource for researchers across international relations, global governance, science and technology studies and law as well as policymakers and analysts concerned with regulating the global internet.

chapter |12 pages


Return of the state?

part 1|82 pages

Internet governance

chapter 1|22 pages

From governance denial to state regulation

A controversy-based typology of internet governance models

part 2|73 pages

Internet governance and authoritarian states

chapter 5|26 pages

Building China’s tech superpower

State, domestic champions and foreign capital

chapter 6|24 pages

“Nine dragons run the water”

Fragmented internet governance in China

chapter 7|21 pages


An independent and sovereign internet?

part 3|84 pages

Internet governance and democratic states

chapter 10|24 pages

Seeing through the smart city narrative

Data governance, power relations, and regulatory challenges in Brazil

chapter 11|10 pages


State power (and its limits) in internet governance