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Title: Internet Governance
Authors: Veiga, Pedro
Dias, Marta
Keywords: Governance
Information Society
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: OBSERVARE. Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Citation: Veiga, Pedro; Dias, Marta (2010) "Internet governance". JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations.Vol. 1, n.º 1 (Autumn 2010), pp. 70-80 . Consulted [online] on date of last visit,
Abstract: It has now become quite obvious that the Internet has brought significant changes to our society and a break on how we lived before its emergence. It is still too early to assess the impact on society of the new services at our disposal, such as the capacity to communicate faster and cheaper on a global scale, access information and, perhaps more importantly, to produce and disseminate information in a way that is accessible to all. It is clear that the advent of the Information Society implies changes in our society that constitute a point of no return. However, contrary to what happened when we entered the Industrial Age about three centuries ago, when the changing process was slow and led by older individuals, these days the entrance into the Information Society is taking place rapidly and the decisive players are younger people. The global nature of the Internet, the possibility of producing and distributing any type of content in digital form at almost zero cost, as well as the vast number of people who use the web, have highlighted the need for new forms of intervention in a sector where there are many types of players. It is in this context that the problem of Internet Governance becomes a very current issue, inasmuch as one feels the need to guarantee a diversity of rights and duties, which may appear difficult to reconcile. This paper presents a brief overview of the main players and initiatives which, in the field of Internet Governance, have tried to contribute to turning this network into a factor for social development and democraticity on a global scale.
Peer Reviewed: yes
ISSN: 1647-7251
Publisher Version:,-n-%C2%BA1-autumn-2010/articles/90-a-governacao-da-internet
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