This special issue makes an argument for, and illustrates, the applicability of a science and technology studies (STS) informed approach to internet governance research. The conceptual framework put forward in this editorial and the articles composing this issue add to the mainstream internet governance scholarship by unpacking macro questions of politics and power. They do so through the analysis of the mundane and taken-for-granted practices and discourses that constitute the design, regulation, maintenance, and use of both technical and institutional arrangements of internet governance. Together, this body of work calls to rethink how we conceptualise both internet and governance.

Internet Policy Review

vol. 5, issue 3. Doing internet governance : practices, controversies, infrastructures, and institutions

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, 2016

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Papers in this special issue

Editorial : Doing internet governance : how science and technology studies inform the study of internet governance
Dmitry Epstein, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
Christian Katzenbach, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Germany
Francesca Musiani, CNRS, France

Disclosing and concealing : internet governance, information control and the management of visibility
Mikkel Flyverbom, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Beyond “Points of Control” : logics of digital governmentality
Romain Badouard, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France
Clément Mabi, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
Guillaume Sire, Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), France

Instability and internet design
Sandra Braman, Texas A&M University, United States

The problem of future users : how constructing the DNS shaped internet governance
Steven Malcic, University of California Santa Barbara, United States

The myth of the decentralised internet
Ashwin J. Mathew, University of California, Berkeley, United States

The invisible politics of Bitcoin : governance crisis of a decentralised infrastructure
Primavera De Filippi, Harvard University, United States
Benjamin Loveluck, Télécom ParisTech (Université Paris-Saclay) and CERSA (CNRS-Paris 2), France

Multistakeholder governance processes as production sites : enhanced cooperation "in the making"
Julia Pohle, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Germany

Internet governance as ’ideology in practice’ – India’s ’Free Basics’ controversy
Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change, India
Nandini Chami, IT for Change, India

What we talk about when we talk about cybersecurity : security in internet governance debates
Josephine Wolff, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States

Governing the internet in the privacy arena
Carsten Ochs, Universität Kassel, Germany
Fabian Pittroff, Universität Kassel, Germany
Barbara Büttner, Universität Kassel, Germany
Jörn Lamla, Universität Kassel, Germany