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COMM 3715 Reading List

Internet Policy, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Kristofer Erickson
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


Week 1:

Curran, J., 2016. ‘Rethinking Internet History.’ In J. Curran, N. Fenton, and D. Freedman (eds.), Misunderstanding the Internet. London: Routledge, pp. 117-144  

Correll, S., 1995. The ethnography of an electronic bar: The lesbian cafe. Journal of contemporary ethnography, 24(3), pp.270-298.  

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Week 2:

Pasquale, F., 2017. 'Will Amazon Take over the World?' Boston Review online:  

Freedman, D. (2016) ‘Outsourcing Internet Regulation’, in J. Curran, N. Fenton, and D. Freedman (eds.), Misunderstanding the Internet. London: Routledge, pp. 95-120. 

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Week 3:

McIntrye, T. J., and Scott, C., 2008. ‘Internet Filtering: Rhetoric, Legitimacy, Accountability, and Responsibility’, in R. Brownsword & K. Yeung (eds.), Regulating Technologies. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 109-124.  

Lewis, R., 2018. ‘Alternative Influence: Broadcasting the reactionary right on YouTube. Data & Society report. Available online:  

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Week 4:

Halfaker, A., Geiger, R.S., Morgan, J. and Riedl, J., 2012. The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System: How Wikipedia’s reaction to popularity is causing its decline. American Behavioural Scientist, pp. 664 - 688.

Bastos, M. T., & Mercea, D., 2019. The Brexit botnet and user-generated hyperpartisan news. Social science computer review, 37(1), 38.  

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Week 5:

 O'Brien, D. 2018. ‘Facebook’s Carolyn Everson on the ‘foundation of trust’ needed for the platform to survive’. The Drum. Available online:  

Renaud, K. and Shepherd, L.A., 2018. How to Make Privacy Policies both GDPR-Compliant and Usable. 2018 International Conference On Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics And Assessment (Cyber SA) (pp. 1-8). IEEE. Available online:  

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Week 6:

Davies, H. & Enyon, R. 2017. Tacking Digital inequality: We have to think bigger. Oxford Internet Institute blog:  

Davies, H. C., Eynon, R., & Wilkin, S. (2017). Neoliberal gremlins? How a scheme to help disadvantaged young people thrive online fell short of its ambitions. Information, Communication & Society20(6), 860-875.  

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Week 7:

Husovec, M., 2019. How Europe wants to redefine global online copyright enforcement. Pluralism or Universalism in International Copyright Law, TILEC Discussion Paper. Available online:

Erickson, K., & Kretschmer, M. Empirical Approaches to Intermediary Liability. Oxford Handbook of Online Intermediary Liability. Avaialble online:

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Week 8:

Boyle, J., 2008. The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind. Chapter 8: 'A Creative Commons'. Available online under Creative Commons license:


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Week 9:

Lawler, R., 2021. Biden's Executive Order puts net Neutrality back in the spotlight. The Verge.

Marsden, C., 2010. Net Neutrality: Towards a Co-regulatory Solution. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Chapter 1: 'Net neutrality as a debate about more than just economics'. Available online open access:

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Week 10:

Katzenbach, C., Herweg, S., & Van Roessel, L. (2016). Copies, clones, and genre building: Discourses on imitation and innovation in digital games. International Journal of Communication, 10, 22.  

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Week 11:

No readings assigned this week.

This list was last updated on 26/08/2021