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Transparency in the era of the Internet. Internet Service Providers – the new gatekeepers of communication


  • Andrei SCHWARTZ

    () (University of Bucharest)


    () (University of Bucharest)


The infrastructure of the Internet, composed of Internet Service Providers (ISP) and their global interconnections, illustrates a series of technical capacities which have the potential of infringing the aforementioned freedoms. In an effort to suggest future policy research directions that might help protect online communication, including online media, from undue restrictions and constrains, the current paper follows the methodology of a current cross European research on digital infrastructure. Set in the paradigm of transparency, the paper examines the methodological potential of the aforementioned initiative to offer relevant insights for the understanding of Internet-related communication constrains. In this sense, the authors will explain the investigative structure proposed by the project and will offer arguments concerning the potential for secondary analysis of the resulting data sets.

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  • Andrei SCHWARTZ & Manuela ȚIMBOLSCHI-PREOTEASA, 2015. "Transparency in the era of the Internet. Internet Service Providers – the new gatekeepers of communication," Revista Romana de Jurnalism si Comunicare - Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies – Universitatea din Bucuresti, Facultatea de Jurnalism si Stiintele Comunicarii, issue 2, pages 33-42.
  • Handle: RePEc:foj:journl:y:2015:i:2:p:33-42

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    Ownership; media; digital infrastructure; Internet; freedom of information;

    JEL classification:

    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook


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