Gender and digital policy

From global information infrastructure to internet governance

Authored by: Leslie Regan Shade

The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  December  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415527699
eBook ISBN: 9780203066911
Adobe ISBN: 9781135076955

10.4324/9780203066911.ch20

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Abstract

Global activism culminating in a one-day protest in January 2012 dubbed “The Great Internet Blackout” was hailed as a victory for the open internet. Major internet companies and supporters displayed black web pages and notices against proposed US legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), which critics alleged would undermine the infrastructure of the internet by allowing corporations and governments to have unprecedented control over content and services.

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