Reading list

Al-Saqaf, Walid. “Freedom of Speech” (selection from ch. 3 of his PhD dissertation, Breaking Digital Firewalls: Analyzing Internet Censorship and Circumvention in the Arab World. Örebro University, 2014), pp. 71-82. (PDF online)

“Protection of Minors,” Digital Firewalls, pp. 47-50;

“Protecting intellectual property,” Digital Firewalls, pp. 50-52.

Bäcke, Maria. (2011). Make-Believe and Make-Belief in Second Life Role-Playing Communities, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 18(1): 85–92.

Braman, Sandra. 2012. Change of State: Information, Policy, and Power. MIT Press.

Bounding the Domain: Information Policy for the Twenty-first Century, pp. 39-66.

Information Policy and Identity, ch. 5, pp. 116-166.

Information, Policy, and Power in the Informational State, ch. 9, pp. 313-328.

“The Creepy Facebook Study” (compilation of various articles)

Deibert, Ronald and Rohozinski, Rafal. 2012. Liberation vs. Control: the Future of Cyberspace.  In Diamond and Plattner (eds.), pp. 18-32. (Diamond and Plattner PDF)

Deibert, Ronald. 2012. International Mechanisms of Cyberspace Controls.  In Diamond and Plattner (eds.), pp. 33-46. (Diamond and Plattner PDF)

Diamond, Larry. 2012. Liberation Technology.  In L. Diamond and M. F. Plattner (eds.), Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy, pp. 1-17.  Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. (

Drotner, Kirsten. (1999) Dangerous Media? Panic Discourses and Dilemmas of Modernity , Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, 35:3, 593-619. (Available through UiO network:

Ess, C. from: “Still More Ethical Issues: Digital Sex and Games,” (Chapter 5) Digital Media Ethics, 2nd edition, pp. 157-178. (PDF online)

Ess, C. from: “Friendship, Democracy and Citizen Journalism,” (Chapter 4), Digital Media Ethics, 2nd edition, pp. 142-151. (PDF online)

Ess, C. "Privacy" in the global metropolis? (ch. 2), Digital Media Ethics, 2nd edition, pp. 35-43; 51-78). (PDF online)

Ess, C. The ethics of copying: is it theft, Open Source, or Confucian homage to the master? From: Digital Media Ethics, ch. 3, pp. 91-112. (PDF online)

Latonero, Mark, & Sinnreich, Aram. (2014). The hidden demography of new media ethics. Information, Communication & Society, 17:5, 572-593, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2013.808364


Mansell, R., and Raboy, M. (Eds). 2011. The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy. PDFs online.

(1) Robin Mansell & Marc Raboy, Introduction: Foundations of the Theory and Practice of Global Media and Communication Policy. (pp. 1-15)

NB: not all of the following chapters will be required reading – required chapters will be specified during the class meeting prior to their being taken up for lecture and discussion during the following class meeting.

(2) Ted Magder The Origins of International Agreements and Global Media: The Post, the Telegraph, and Wireless Communication Before World War I. (pp. 23-39)

(3) Don MacLean, The Evolution of GMCP Institutions. (pp. 40-57)

(4) William H. Melody, Whose Global Village? (pp. 58-78)

(5) Kaarle Nordenstreng, Free Flow Doctrine in Global Media Policy. (pp. 79-92).

(6) Rikke Frank Jørgensen, Human Rights and Their Role in Global Media and Communication Discourses. (pp. 95-111)

(15) Biswajit Das and Vibodh Parthasarathi, Media Research and Public Policy: Tiding Over the Rupture. (pp. 245-257)

(17) Karim H. Karim,  Global Media Policy and Cultural Pluralism. (pp. 276-292)

(33) Claudia Padovani and Elena Pavan, Actors and Interactions in Global Communication Governance: The Heuristic Potential of a Network Approach. (pp. 543-563)

(30) Sandra Braman, Anti-terrorism and the Harmonization of Media and Communication Policy. (pp. 486-504)

 (31) Sonia Livingstone, Regulating the Internet in the Interests of Children: Emerging European and International Approaches. (pp. 505-520)

(16) Boatema Boateng, Whose Democracy? Rights-based Discourse and Global Intellectual Property Rights Activism. (pp. 261-274)

(22) Robert G. Picard, Economic Approaches to Media Policy. (pp. 355-363)

(14) Arne Hintz and Stefania Milan, User Rights for the Internet Age: Communications Policy According to “Netizens.” (pp. 230-240)

(9) Leslie Regan Shade, Media Reform in the United States and Canada: Activism and Advocacy for Media Policies in the Public Interest. (pp. 147-162)

(32) Caroline Pauwels and Karen Donders, From Television without Frontiers to the Digital Big Bang: The EU’s Continuous Efforts to Create a Future-proof Internal Media Market. (pp. 525-540)

(21) Peter S. Grant, The UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity: Cultural Policy and International Trade in Cultural Products. (pp. 336-350)

(27) Roberta G. Lentz, Regulation as Linguistic Engineering. (pp. 432-446)

(11) Monroe E. Price, Global Media Policy and Crisis States. (pp. 180-207)

(19) Jamal Eddine Naji, The Mediterranean Arab Mosaic between Free Press Development and Unequal Exchanges with the “North.” (pp. 306-318)

(8) Bart Cammaerts, Power Dynamics in Multi-stakeholder Policy Processes and Intra-civil Society Networking. (pp. 131-144)

 (7) Nico Carpentier Policy’s Hubris: Power, Fantasy, and the Limits of (Global) Media Policy Interventions. (pp. 113-125)

(28) Margaret Gallagher, Gender and Communication Policy: Struggling for Space. (pp. 451-461)

(20) Linje Manyozo, Rethinking Communication for Development Policy: Some Considerations. (pp. 319-335)

Smith, Clarissa. Pornographication: A Discourse for All Seasons, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 6(1): 103–8.

Staksrud, E. (2013). Children in the Online World: Risk, Regulation, Rights

ch. 1 – Introduction (pp. 1-12);

ch. 2, Individualization (pp. 13-42);

Part II, Regulation! (pp. 82-142)

Part III, Rights! (pp. 143-176)

Staksrud, E. & Kirksæther, J. 2012. ‘He Who Buries the Little Girl Wins!’ Moral Panics as Double Jeopardy: The Case of Rule of Rose. In C. Critcher, J. Hughes, J. Petley, & A. Rohloff (eds), Moral Panics in the Contemporary World, pp.  145-167. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

UNESCO Report, "There Shall Be Freedom of Expression" - Introductory materials + ch. 2 (PDF): pp. 5-14, 27-40.


Online resources

Alexander, Leigh (2009) And You Thought Grand Theft Auto Was Bad: Should the United States Ban a Japanese “Rape Simulator’ Game? Slate, March 9, <>

The Missionary Church of Kopimism

“Should ISPs be told to block “adult” content?”

Smith, Clarissa, Feona Attwood, and Martin Barker (2012) Porn Research: Preliminary Findings,

Thorn, Clarisse (2012) Introduction: Reflections on Game Rape, Feminism, Sadomasochism, and Selfhood. In C. Thorn and J. Dibbell (eds). Violation: Rape in Gaming, pp. 4-23. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. (Order online as an ebook from:

Wolf, Naomi.  (n.d.) "The Porn Myth.”

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