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Dwayne Winseck

In: Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs

Chapter 23: Wired Cities and Transnational Communications: New Forms of Governance for Telecommunications and the New Media

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Wired Cities and Transnational Communications: New Forms of Governance for Telecommunications and the New Media
Wired cities and transnational communications: New forms of governance for telecommunications and the new Media
Dwayne Winseck

This chapter places the global media in historical context and then analyses efforts to reinvent the contours of global communication since the 1990s. In contrast to the view that recent developments are driven by deregulation and new technologies, I argue that telecommunications and new media are being shaped and governed by three vital features of the emerging mediascape: new domestic regulators, new systems of private authority, and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

I argue that several WTO agreements adopted in the 1990s are the cornerstones of this emerging governance regime. These agreements extend markets for ...

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