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URL :  Coordinating the Internet
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Author : Fredrik Lindeberg
Detail : 2019 | PDF | 24.1 Mb | 401 pages

eBook License: Public Access from http://www.diva-portal.org

The modern society is to a large extent Internet-dependent. Today we rely on the Internet to handle communication for smart doors, self-scanning convenience stores, connected cars, production robots, telephones and ERP-systems. The purpose of this thesis is to unbundle the Internet, its technology, its coordination, and practical and theoretical consequences. Earlier research has, in telecommunications, focused on the Internet as one of many potential telecommunications services, such as cellphones or cable-TV, and the management and information systems field has by and large treated the Internet as black-boxable infrastructure. This thesis explains the Internet from the combined perspectives of technology and coordination.

Throughout the thesis I identify two colliding world orders, both in terms of digital communication networks and terms of organizing society in general: the rule-based and coordinating order with its champions, and the integrated or sovereign order with its champions. In practical terms, the Internet can be considered a want in the former (the distributed perspective), but not the later (the integrative perspective), since the Internet lacks inherent (technical) controls for surveillance and content control which are necessary in a world order where borders are important. Regardless of if that importance stems from state oversight or intellectual property rights legislation. (From Author)

eBook Contents

Introduction - Reflection on process and approach - Technological frame of reference - Coordination frame of reference - Internet coordination - Internet social resilience - Internet and net neutrality - Revisiting the context – Discussion - Conclusions
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