In Search of Alterity: On Google, Neutrality and Otherness

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Part of the Information Technology and Law Series book series (ITLS, volume 22)

Abstract

This article questions the normative context and politico-regulatory implications of Google’s stance on network neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers should not discriminate packets of data on the Internet according to their source, content, or destination. While much has already been said on network neutrality, Google’s own normative universe in this regard has been left somewhat untouched. As this article will show, inquiring into Google’s formal stance on network neutrality raises important questions on the regulation of Google’s own activities—generally subsumed in the idea of search, on the idea of neutrality itself, what it means for politics, the state and agency in general, and on the type of political system we may wish to live with in the information age. The article answers these questions, laying out some assertive conclusions about Google’s stances already at the outset. These conclusions are deepened as the article unfolds.

Keywords

Search Engine Supra Note Information Environment Network Management Federal Communication Commission 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgments

I am happy to acknowledge the generous support of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation for my position as a Visiting Fellow at the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, University of Hamburg, where the first thoughts that led to this paper were conceived. The ideas expressed in the lines below, however, have to no extent been influenced by my institutional affiliation at that time beyond the boundaries of open (and discerning) academic exchange. I thank Wolfgang Schulz and Victoria Nash for thoughtful comments on earlier notes.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawThe University of Hong KongHong KongPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Oxford Internet InstituteUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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