30 Dec 2012
Books/ Book Chapters
Controlling New Media (without the Law)
An invited chapter in Monroe Price and Stefaan Verhulst (eds.), Handbook of Media Law and Policy (Routledge, 2012).
The purpose of this paper is to explore some emerging modes of control that are evolving wholly or partially outside conventional media law. We focus in particular on the entirely novel mechanisms of control enabled through code and technology in general. We compare these new models with traditional regulatory bodies and their decision-making processes and, making reference to the values and interests that are embedded in the design of mediating technologies, ask whether the new tools of control are appropriate for achieving public policy objectives in a complex new-and-old media landscape, or whether in fact they introduce some dangers.