Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace

Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace

Paperback Information Revolution and Global Politics

Edited by Ronald J. Deibert, Edited by John G. Palfrey, Edited by Rafal Rohozinski, Edited by Jonathan L. Zittrain, Foreword by Miklos Haraszti

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  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback | 634 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 221mm x 30mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 8 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0262514354
  • ISBN 13: 9780262514354
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 34 b&w illus.
  • Sales rank: 720,248

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Internet filtering, censorship of Web content, and online surveillance are increasing in scale, scope, and sophistication around the world, in democratic countries as well as in authoritarian states. The first generation of Internet controls consisted largely of building firewalls at key Internet gateways; China's famous "Great Firewall of China" is one of the first national Internet filtering systems. Today the new tools for Internet controls that are emerging go beyond mere denial of information. These new techniques, which aim to normalize (or even legalize) Internet control, include targeted viruses and the strategically timed deployment of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, surveillance at key points of the Internet's infrastructure, take-down notices, stringent terms of usage policies, and national information shaping strategies. Access Controlled reports on this new normative terrain. The book, a project from the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), a collaboration of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the SecDev Group, offers six substantial chapters that analyze Internet control in both Western and Eastern Europe and a section of shorter regional reports and country profiles drawn from material gathered by the ONI around the world through a combination of technical interrogation and field research methods.

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Ronald J. Deibert is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Citizen Lab and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Rafal Rohozinski is a Principal with the SecDev Group, a global strategy and research analytics firm, and a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he cofounded the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and Professor of Computer Science at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is the author of The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It.

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"...[V]aluable to anyone who is interested in information policy." -- ShinJeong Yeo, Journal for the American Society for Information Science and Technology