Christopher T. Marsden
Internet co-regulation : European law, regulatory governance, and legitimacy in cyberspace
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. New York, 2011, 308 pp.
Chris Marsden argues that co-regulation is the defining feature of the Internet in Europe. Co-regulation offers the state a route back into questions of legitimacy, governance and human rights, thereby opening up more interesting conversations than a static no-regulation versus state regulation binary choice. The basis for the argument is empirical investigation, based on a multi-year, European Commission-funded study and is further reinforced by the direction of travel in European and English law and policy, including the Digital Economy Act 2010. He places Internet regulation within the regulatory mainstream, as an advanced technocratic form of self- and co-regulation which requires governance reform to address a growing constitutional legitimacy gap. The literature review, case studies and analysis shed a welcome light on policymaking at the centre of Internet regulation in Brussels, London and Washington, revealing the extent to which states, firms and increasingly, citizens are developing a new type of regulatory bargain.
1. States, firms and legitimacy of regulation
2. Internet co-regulation and constitutionalism
3. Self-organisation and social networks
4. Standards, domain names and governmentç
5. Content regulation and the internet
6. Private ISP censorship
7. Analyzing case studies
8. Internet co-regulation as part of the broader regulatory debate.
Christopher T. Marsden is Senior Lecturer at Essex University School of Law since 2007, and Director of the EXCCEL Centre. LL.B. (1989) and LL.M. (1994) in Law from LSE, Ph.D. from Essex and was residential Research Fellow at the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project 1999-2000. He was 2006-8 Industrial Policy Fellow at Cambridge University Computer Laboratory, and is Associate Editor of the interdisciplinary communications management journal 'info' since 2007. He has 20 years' experience in Information Society analysis, research and consulting in commercial (Media Week, MCI WorldCom UK, Shortmedia), academic (London School of Economics, Warwick, Oxford, Essex), thinktank (World Economic Forum, RAND Corporation, RE: Think!) and government (Independent Television Commission, Council of Europe) organisations. He has consulted for corporations, governments and think-tanks, including the governments of Netherlands, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Japan, the European Commission, Council of Europe, World Bank. He has worked on four continents in these roles.