Net-Neutrality: Clues on national attitudes towards the internet

I just yesterday finished a policy review (Network Neutrality A Thematic Analysis of Policy Perspectives Across the Globe by Christine M. Stover) for a discussion with some fellow students on internet policy.  Although the paper reviewed net neutrality, which is not what I am covering specifically in my summer research, I think [authors] talk about it in a way that can apply to attitudes on ‘the right to be forgotten’ and other data protection issues on the internet.

In the article, Stover propose four models of approaching net neutrality:

  • legal regulation: Where governmental agencies can oversee and impose rules on businesses that offer internet, such as under debate in the USA.
  • transparency: Where ISPs are given free reign, except that there are requirements for transparency and up-front disclosures, such as in the EU (Incidentally, the EU today hinted at new net neutrality approach ).
  • non-neutrality: Complete freedom for internet providers, such as South Korea.
  • government control: Government has complete control, such as China.

This is just Stover’s take, but I would be interested in seeing how this might apply to the EU document on data policy that I will analyze.  This type of information that organizations wanting to operate on the internet globally in any capacity would find useful.




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