Translating Diversity to Internet Governance: The Migration of a Policy Principle from Traditional to New Media

38 Pages Posted: 7 May 2013 Last revised: 5 Jul 2013

Date Written: February 6, 2013

Abstract

This paper examines the emergence of diversity as a guiding principle of Internet governance. This paper compares how diversity is being interpreted and applied in Internet governance discourse and related research with its interpretation and application in traditional communications policymaking and policy research. As this paper illustrates, a somewhat more narrow conceptualization of diversity has developed within the Internet governance context than has been the case in traditional communications policy contexts. This pattern is also reflected in Internet governance-related diversity research to date. To some extent, in fact, the Internet governance conceptualization of the diversity principle is becoming diffused into other related policy principles (e.g., access, localism), which may undermine its significance as a guiding principle of Internet governance.

Keywords: Internet governance, diversity

JEL Classification: L50, L96

Suggested Citation

Napoli, Philip M. and Karppinen, Kari, Translating Diversity to Internet Governance: The Migration of a Policy Principle from Traditional to New Media (February 6, 2013). Fordham University Schools of Business Research Paper No. 2261240. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2261240 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2261240

Philip M. Napoli (Contact Author)

Duke University ( email )

Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

Kari Karppinen

University of Helsinki ( email )

Helsinki
Finland

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
49
Abstract Views
448
PlumX Metrics