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
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
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