Regional Perspectives

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While digitalisation is a global process, the effects of this process in different regions of the world vary significantly. China’s digital policies are very different from Europe’s, for example. The debate about the importance of social media in the context of the “"Arab Spring” in the Middle East clearly differs from today’s debate about “fake news” in the United States. This shows in a striking way that digitalisation is not only interwoven with various policy areas, but is also always part of the regional political dynamics.

There are also feedback loops between regional political developments and the structures of global internet governance. One increasingly urgent question is how the different regional arrangements can be reconciled with the technical and legal requirements of a global communications network.


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Annegret Bendiek

European Cyber Security Policy

SWP Research Paper 2012/RP 13, October 2012, 27 Pages
Ben Wagner

After the Arab Spring: New Paths for Human Rights and the Internet in European Foreign Policy

in: Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union, Brussels, July 2012.
Doreen Khouri

Social Media and the Revolutions

How the Internet Revived the Arab Public Sphere and Digitalized Activism

in: Perspectives no. 2, “People Power: The Arab World in Revolt”, Heinrich Boell Stiftung Magazine, April 2011 (online)
Gudrun Wacker

The Internet and Censorship in China

in: Christopher R. Hughes, Gudrun Wacker (eds.), China and the Internet Politics of the Digital Leap forward London and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2003, pp. 58-82. PDF version from 2002.
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