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Governing the Internet: The Emergence of an International Regime

Marcus Franda
Governing the Internet: The Emergence of an International Regime
ISBN: 978-1-55587-999-0
2001/255 pages/LC: 2001019068
iPolitics: Global Challenges in the Information Age

"In this impressive new book, Marcus Franda seeks to shed light on the emergence of a governance structure for the Internet.... Franda tells a very complicated story as coherently as possible."—Bernard I. Finel, American Political Science Review Governing the Internet: The Emergence of an International Regime

"Franda's timely and richly detailed book provides a fascinating account of the key international issues of politics and governance that are associated with the Internet."—Tony Porter


Governing the Internet explores the many complex issues and challenges that confront governments, technocrats, business people, and others as they try to create and implement rules for a truly global, interoperable Internet.

Though focusing on those countries that have the most advanced information technology infrastructures, Franda also discusses the development of the Internet in China as a test case for accommodating the majority of the world's citizens in an international regime. His further study of the Internet and international relations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and central and eastern Europe will be published later this year.


Marcus Franda is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland.


  • Introduction: The Internet as a World Enterprise.
  • International Connectivity.
  • Global Internet Governance.
  • Frameworks for E-Commerce and Taxation.
  • Investment and Intellectual Property.
  • Content, Privacy, and International Law.
  • International Regimes and Internet Security.
  • Challenges to the Global Internet Regime.