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ARIN6902: Internet Cultures and Governance

As the internet plays an increasingly important role in all aspects of social, cultural and economic life, many of the central issues with the internet and digital cultures revolve around 'governance'. Governance is about the rules of the internet and associated digital platforms and technologies. It is related to policy and regulation, but also includes corporate and civil society actors as well as governments. This unit explores cultures and governance of the online world and investigates how politics manifest in both public debates and policy and in the struggle to develop new information architectures and digital ecosystems, at local, national and international levels.

Code ARIN6902
Academic unit Media and Communications
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. analyse key definitions, stakeholders and models related to internet governance
  • LO2. identify and understand the key issues that relate to governance of the internet
  • LO3. understand the link between culture, public policy and governance
  • LO4. understand the links between internet governance and broader governance frameworks such as global governance
  • LO5. monitor and comment on current issues in internet cultures and governance
  • LO6. demonstrate ability to present critical evaluation of internet technologies.