Big tech accountability? Read how we got here in  The Closing of the Net 

The Journal of Cyber-Policy cited my book in its top 10 must-reads for 2016, along with Tim Wu's The Master Switch and Robert McChesney's Digital Disconnect, and Milton Mueller's Networks and States. I am very proud to be in this esteemed company!

The Closing of the Net
Monica Horten, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016.

This book takes the reader through the intricate net of lobbying, underpinning core internet policy issues such as government surveillance, net neutrality, online piracy and the TTIP agreement.  Analysing how different corporations wield influence on governments, the book unveils how private ‘structural power’ orientates public policy and is preserved through the implementation   of large-scale monitoring, filtering and blocking. The book documents the tendency towards an increasingly closed and heavily monitored internet ecosystem, where private interests frequently override individuals’ rights. The analysis of the cooperation between business players and public powers is both fascinating and alarming. The connection between apparently  unrelated agendas becomes increasingly evident, as does the fact that state and corporate interests often coincide and individuals are usually the losers of this power game.

The Editorial Team (2016) Top ten must-reads: the editorial team choices, Journal of Cyber Policy, 1:2, 278-280, DOI: 10.1080/23738871.2016.1247902

Iptegrity in brief is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I’ve been analysing analysing digital policy since 2008. Way back then, I identified how issues around rights can influence Internet policy, and that has been a thread throughout all of my research. I hold a PhD in EU Communications Policy from the University of Westminster (2010), and a Post-graduate diploma in marketing.   I’ve served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe  Committee on Internet Freedoms, and was involved in a capacity building project in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. I am currently (from June 2022)  Policy Manager - Freedom of Expression, with the Open Rights Group. For more, see About Iptegrity is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

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States v the 'Net? 

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"original and valuable"  Times higher Education

" essential read for anyone interested in understanding the forces at play behind the web."

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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

In 2012, I presented my PhD research in the European Parliament.


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