„New Technology, Minorities and Internet Governance“

Article published in JEMIE.

Yuri Yu. Samoilov (CC BY 2.0)

Yuri Yu. Samoilov (CC BY 2.0)

Digitization and convergence of media do affect minorities, not only at the content layer but at the level of technical and political governance of media. This is true for traditional media as well as the Internet. The Internet as we know it today, is not the result of a force of nature, nor the logical consequence of technological necessities. It has been shaped by technical progress, but also by the decisions of software engineers, lawmakers and company executives. Even purely technical decisions might have unintended consequences and need to be raised from an engineering discourse to a policy level.

Minority media run the risk of being presented with a fait accompli if the debate is not broadened into the seemingly unrelated technical details of media governance.

These and other aspects are topics of the article „New Technology, Minorities and Internet Governance“ by Christian Möller, just published in JEMIE, the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe.

JEMIE is a peer-reviewed electronic journal edited under the auspices of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). JEMIE is a multi-disciplinary journal, which addresses minority issues across a broad range of studies, such as ethnopolitics, democratization, conflict management, good governance, participation, minority issues and minority rights.

Read the complete article online at http://www.ecmi.de/publications/detail/issue-42013-295/.