Truly a World-Wide Web? Regulators of the Internet and Society
To do so, we will describe the regulatory activity, membership base, and internal structure of the ten most important regulators of the Internet. On this basis, we will firstly examine whether a strong participation of representative institutions, involving delegated public authority, is a necessary condition for Internet regulators to exercise political authority on their own. And secondly, we will study the influence of private bodies like corporations and civil society organizations within this regime. This will allow us to determine the extent to which the access to the technical regulation of the Internet is actually restricted, and whether its legitimacy is based on democratic participation and representation.