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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for net neutrality research topics. Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.
An Open Internet for All: Free Speech and Network Neutrality by
Publication Date: 2012-08-01
Internet network neutrality is one of the most contested issues in communications law today. Those in opposition maintain that the rights of network owners are at stake. Supporters argue that the Internets open architecture is at risk as are the rights of Internet users to freely publish and access information. Despite this connection to free speech, up to this point there has been little discussion about the First Amendment implications of network neutrality. Using the idea of a right of access to the media, Bagwell uncovers legal precedent that would give First Amendment support to network neutrality rules.
The Global War for Internet Governance by
Publication Date: 2014-01-14
The Internet has transformed the manner in which information is exchanged and business is conducted, arguably more than any other communication development in the past century. Despite its wide reach and powerful global influence, it is a medium uncontrolled by any one centralized system, organization, or governing body, a reality that has given rise to all manner of free-speech issues and cybersecurity concerns. The conflicts surrounding Internet governance are the new spaces where political and economic power is unfolding in the twenty-first century. This study by Laura DeNardis reveals the inner power structure and provides a theoretical framework for Internet governance that takes into account the privatization of global power as well as the role of sovereign nations and international treaties. In addition, DeNardis explores what is at stake in open global controversies and stresses the responsibility of the public to actively engage in these debates, because Internet governance will ultimately determine Internet freedom.
Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom by
Publication Date: 2013-04-23
The Internet was going to liberate us, but in truth it has not. For every story about the web's empowering role in events such as the Arab Spring, there are many more about the quiet corrosion of civil liberties by companies and governments using the same digital technologies we have come to depend upon. In Consent of the Networked, journalist and Internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon argues that it is time to fight for our rights before they are sold, legislated, programmed, and engineered away. Every day, the corporate sovereigns of cyberspace (Google and Facebook, among others) make decisions that affect our physical freedom--but without our consent. A clarion call to action, Consent of the Networked shows that it is time to stop arguing over whether the Internet empowers people, and address the urgent question of how technology should be governed to support the rights and liberties of users around the world.
The Internet by
Call Number: Polk/Winter Haven & Lakeland Circulation (TK5105.8855 .I58 2016)
Publication Date: 2015-12-21
Topics covered include: How should the Internet be governed? Is unrestricted Internet access a modern human right? Internet access should not be treated as a human right. Net neutrality is an important principle. Net neutrality is more harmful than helpful. Global cooperation is key to Internet governance. Global governance is a threat to open Internet. How does the Internet impact the world? The Internet has not been detrimental to journalism. The Internet has been detrimental for journalism. Why we're (beyond) geeked for the Internet of Things. The Internet of things may be problematic. What challenges does the Internet pose? Online piracy is not harmful. Online piracy is economically harmful. Can the Internet be dangerous? Internet addiction is a legitimate mental condition. We are all Internet addicts now--just don't call it that. Online pornography is harmful. Online pornography itself is not harmful.
Net Neutrality : seeking a free and fair internet by
Call Number: Polk/Winter Haven Circulation -- HE7645 .N486 2019
Publication Date: 2018-08-15
In early 2018, the Federal Communications Commission issued a repeal of net neutrality rules, which mandated equal access to web content regardless of the provider, user, or platform. While many telecommunications companies expressed jubilation and pockets of the internet expressed outrage, many were left scratching their heads and wondering why net neutrality matters at all. this book answers that question, offering readers a collection of articles on the history and importance of net neutrality. Coverage includes the earliest debates over internet regulation, the enactment of a net neutrality policy under Obama, court decisions on its enforcement, and its 2018 repeal.
Virtual Freedom: net neutrality and free speech in the Internet age by
Call Number: Polk/Winter Haven Circulation (KF4772 .N86 2009)
Publication Date: 2009-08-28
Communications giants like Google, Comcast, and AT&T enjoy increasingly unchecked control over speech. As providers of broadband access and Internet search engines, they can control online expression. Their online content restrictions--from obstructing e-mail to censoring cablecasts--are considered legal because of recent changes in free speech law. In this book, Dawn Nunziato criticizes recent changes in free speech law in which only the government need refrain from censoring speech, while companies are permitted to self-regulate. By enabling Internet providers to exercise control over content, the Supreme Court and the FCC have failed to protect the public's right to access a broad diversity of content. Nunziato argues that regulation is necessary to ensure the free flow of information and to render the First Amendment meaningful in the twenty-first century. This book offers an urgent call to action, recommending immediate steps to preserve our free speech rights online.
Academic Search Complete Academic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1865, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.
America's News With unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources, this resource is the largest of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.
Expanded Academic ASAP Resources for research across academic disciplines, offering in-depth coverage of
virtually any concentration from advertising, psychology and history to microbiology, the humanities and womens studies.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context The premier online resource covering todays hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to marijuana. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed differing views present each side of an issue, allowing you to draw your own valid conclusions.
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