Ordering Chaos: Regulating the Internet (eBook), 1st Edition

  • Peng Hwa Ang Nanyang Technological University
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  • ISBN-10: 9814253529
  • ISBN-13: 9789814253529
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 216 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2005 | Published/Released May 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2005

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Back in the early 1990s, in its infancy, the Internet was said by many to be incapable of being regulated and that it should stay that way. This book shows why the Internet needs regulating and how it has been and can be done. It takes empirical evidence from real-life cases and uses them to explain regulatory approaches and paradigms. The book adopts an expansive view of regulation, including the deployment of technology, the use of market forces, the formulation of industry self-regulation as well as legislation. It shows the possibilities and limits of the regulatory approaches and why policy makers should take a light-handed approach to regulation-attempting alternative regulatory means and letting technology "settle" before passing legislation

Key features include:

  • Offers an international perspective and future outlook of the Internet.
  • Discuss on the policy rationale behind the Internet laws.
  • Written with a declarative style, which is unusual compared to other law and policy books.
  • A more practical approach based on tested frameworks.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Peng Hwa Ang

Peng Hwa Ang is Dean of the School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. A lawyer by training, Dr. Ang worked as a journalist before obtaining his Ph.D. in mass media at Michigan State University. His work on Internet regulation has been presented before government and private bodies in Singapore as well as development agencies such as the United Nations Development Program. He is a board member of the Internet Content Rating Association, which is working to create an internationally accepted seal of self-rating. In 2004, he was nominated a member of the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance.