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12 - Conclusion

from Part II - A New Social Contract – Constitutionalizing Internet Governance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 June 2019

Nicolas P. Suzor
Affiliation:
Queensland University of Technology School of Law and Digital Media Research Centre
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Digital intermediaries govern the internet. The telecommunications companies that provide the infrastructure, the standards organizations that design the protocols, the software companies that create the tools, the content hosts that store the data, the search engines that index that data, and the social media platforms that connect us all make decisions that impact how we communicate on a broad level. They govern us, not in the way that nation-states do, but through design choices that shape what is possible, through algorithms that sort what is visible, and through policies that control what is permitted. The choices these intermediaries make reflect our preferences, but also those of advertisers, governments, lobby groups, and their own visions of right and wrong.

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The Secret Rules That Govern Our Digital Lives
, pp. 168 - 172
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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