Global Expression Governance: The Norms of a Global Regime

Ben Wagner*

*Corresponding author for this work

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If the ‘global default exists as was argued in previous chapters, which norms define this regime? The following chapter will attempt to sketch out the three key norms that keep reappearing in the international debate on freedom of expression before attempting to provide an overarching analysis of how the normative regimes and governance interact. Based on the previous analysis it has become evident that three key narratives keep returning to debates on freedom of expression: children, memory and sexuality. The analysis in turn will then explore aspects of social and political theory – based in particular on Michelle Foucault – in attempting to understand how and why these narratives have become so prominent and what role both play in wider debates on governing the Internet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Free Expression - Governing the Boundaries of Internet Content
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-33513-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLaw, Governance and Technology Series
ISSN (Print)2352-1902
ISSN (Electronic)2352-1910


  • Child Abuse
  • Child Pornography
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Great Agency
  • Wide Debate


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