Journal article

Open Networks and the Open Door: American Foreign Policy and the Narration of the Internet

Daniel R McCarthy

FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2011

Abstract

This article explains the US foreign policy discourse surrounding human rights, democracy and the Internet as the pursuit of "technological closure" for the network. US policymakers draw upon international norms and values to construct a symbolically powerful argument regarding the valid material composition of the Internet. Through these arguments, the US creates a narrative that casts its vision for the Internet as moral, just and progressive. In contrast, opponents of the American vision of the Internet are cast as backward states impeding the flow of history. In the process, the contested nature of the technology and its contingent nature are sidelined, naturalizing and reifying its hist..

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