Internet Governance: Exploration of Power Relationship

25 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2018

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Yik Chan Chin

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Chen Changfeng

Tsinghua University - School of Journalism & Communication

Date Written: January 22, 2018


The advent of the Internet and social media has decentralized authority over networking, and national government not only faces the challenge of the vast volume of communication flows but also the increasing decision-making power over the Internet by private companies and civil society organizations, which constitute a new locus of authority. How should national government related to and engaged with these new private and social actors in Internet governance? How has national government engaged with those actors? And how power is distributed in such engagement? This paper explores the models of internet governance in both the International and Chinese contexts. The models explored include multi-stakeholderism, and analytical network-governance. While the first model is underpinned by its functionalist argument and normativity, the late one, however, from analytical approach, demonstrates power relations between different actors. The paper concludes by proposing an integrated model combining two approaches (normative and analytical) in studying internet governance.

Keywords: GigaNet

Suggested Citation

Chin, Yik Chan and Changfeng, Chen, Internet Governance: Exploration of Power Relationship (January 22, 2018). GigaNet: Global Internet Governance Academic Network, Annual Symposium 2017. Available at SSRN: or

Yik Chan Chin (Contact Author)

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) ( email )

111 Renai Road, SIP
Suzhou, JiangSu province 215123

Chen Changfeng

Tsinghua University - School of Journalism & Communication ( email )

Beijing, 100084

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