BRICS de-Americanizing the Internet

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This chapter argues that, while the Internet continues to be dominated by the West, in particular the United States, in terms of its infrastructure, economics and governance, this domination is increasingly being challenged by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) countries, notably China, Russia and India. The BRICS nations in recent years have strengthened their digital infrastructure for the Internet, a key element contributing to the global digital supremacy of the US, the originator of the Internet. The Alibaba group owns multiple online market places including Taobao, a consumer-to-consumer platform with more than 600 million active monthly users, many outside China in Southeast Asia, Turkey, Europe and India. Governance and regulation of cyberspace remain a crucial component of contemporary international relations and a hotly contested terrain, especially since new issues about cyber security and digital property rights have gained salience in a networked, globalized and mobile electronic marketplace.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBRICS Media
Subtitle of host publicationReshaping the Global Communication Order?
EditorsDaya Kishan Thussu, Kaarle Nordenstreng
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780429468759
ISBN (Print)9781138604032, 9781138604025
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Communication
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Social Sciences
  • Media


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