Abstract - The Information Society 30(1)

Guiding Principles for Internet Policy: A Comparison of Media Coverage in Four Western Countries

Maria Löblich and Kari Karppinen

The governance of the Internet on the global level has attracted much attention.  In the process the importance of the national context has gotten downplayed. We argue that understanding of the national context is a necessary complement to research on global governance for an understanding of the dynamics of Internet development.  We spotlight the importance of the national context by showing that seemingly global principles have varying import and meaning in four countries – the United States, Germany, Finland and Sweden. We do so via a qualitative content analysis of leading newspapers.


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