The social goods of information networks: complex equality and Wu's separation principles

Douglas, David Michael (2014) The social goods of information networks: complex equality and Wu's separation principles. First Monday, 19 9: . doi:10.5210/fm.v19i9.4652

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Author Douglas, David Michael
Title The social goods of information networks: complex equality and Wu's separation principles
Journal name First Monday   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1396-0466
Publication date 2014-09-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5210/fm.v19i9.4652
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 19
Issue 9
Total pages 8
Place of publication Bridgman, MI United States
Publisher First Monday Editorial Group
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In his book The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, Tim Wu proposes a ‘Separation Principle’ that the control of communication infrastructure should be separated from control over the information transmitted across it. I suggest that the Separation Principle can be further justified by appealing to Michael Walzer’s concept of complex equality. In this analysis, the integrated control of communication infrastructure and control over who can use it is unjust as the influence of the infrastructure sphere is influencing the sphere of expression. This gives a further theoretical justification for Wu’s Separation Principle and for resisting the monopolisation of information networks.
Keyword Network regulation
Distributive justice
Information networks
Internet regulation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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