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The Public Policy Role of Private Information Intermediaries

Laura Denardis

in The Global War for Internet Governance

Published by Yale University Press

Published in print January 2014 | ISBN: 9780300181357
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780300182118 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.12987/yale/9780300181357.003.0007
The Public Policy Role of Private Information Intermediaries

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This chapter examines the public policy role of private information intermediaries in controlling the global flow of information and determining individual rights online. Private companies that serve as information intermediaries include social media platforms, search engines, reputation engines, commerce platforms, and content aggregation sites. The chapter explores the ways in which private information intermediaries enact governance over freedom of expression, individual privacy, and reputational issues such as cyberbullying and hate speech. It considers the challenges private industry faces when asked by governments to carry out law enforcement functions or mediate social controversies such as hate speech within their sites.

Keywords: private companies; Internet governance; freedom of expression; privacy; law enforcement

Chapter.  6702 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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