The Governance of Digital Technology, Big Data, and the Internet: New Roles and Responsibilities for Business

Mikkel Flyverbom, Ronald Deibert, Dirk Matten

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The importance of digital technologies for social and economic developments and a growing focus on data collection and privacy concerns have made the Internet a salient and visible issue in global politics. Recent developments have increased the awareness that the current approach of governments and business to the governance of the Internet and the adjacent technological spaces raises a host of ethical issues. The significance and challenges of the digital age have been further accentuated by a string of highly exposed cases of surveillance and a growing concern about issues of privacy and the power of this new industry. This special issue explores what some have referred to as the “Internet-industrial complex”—the intersections between business, states, and other actors in the shaping, development, and governance of the Internet.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness & Society
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

Bibliographical note

Published online: 26. August 2017


  • Big data
  • Data collection
  • Governance
  • Internet
  • Internet-industrial complex
  • Privacy

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