Controlling New Media (without the Law)
HANDBOOK OF MEDIA LAW AND POLICY, Monroe Price & Stefaan Verhulst, eds., Routledge, 2012, pp. 327-342.
17 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2011 Last revised: 10 Dec 2012
Date Written: November 19, 2011
The purpose of this paper is to explore some emerging modes of control that are evolving wholly or partially outside conventional media law. We focus in particular on the entirely novel mechanisms of control enabled through code and technology in general. We compare these new models with traditional regulatory bodies and their decision-making processes and, making reference to the values and interests that are embedded in the design of mediating technologies, ask whether the new tools of control are appropriate for achieving public policy objectives in a complex new-and-old media landscape, or whether in fact they introduce some dangers.
Keywords: new media, regulation by code and technology, media law and policy
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