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Professor Tim Wu

Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World
Tim Wu (with Jack Goldsmith) (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Is the Internet erasing national borders? Who's really in control of what's happening on the Internet?

This book tells the fascinating story of the Internet's challenge to governmental rule in the 1990s and the ensuing battles with governments around the world. The authors cover Google's struggles with the French government, Yahoo's capitulation to the Chinese regime, and other examples of conflict. The evolution of the Internet over the next decades, argue Mr. Goldsmith and Prof. Wu, will reflect the interests of powerful nations and the conflicts within and between them. The experiences of past years, however, will not destroy the governmental rule. The Internet will change some of the ways that territorial states govern, but will not diminish the fundamental roles of government and challenges of governance. Publisher's Weekly called the book "a timely chronicle of a history still very much in the works."