The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have published a new report which examines the rapidly changing landscape of online intermediary liability at the intersection of law, technology, norms, and markets, and is aimed at informing and improving Internet policy-making globally.

The report is a first output of a larger initiative on the governance of online intermediaries. It consists of a case study series exploring online intermediary liability frameworks and issues in Brazil, the European Union, India, South Korea, the United States, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam, and a synthesis paper that seeks to distill key observations and provide a high-level analysis of some of the structural elements that characterise varying governance frameworks, with a focus on intermediary liability regimes and their evolution. In particular the synthesis highlights the importance of cultural and political context, as reflected in both the legal norms aimed at regulating intermediaries and the perception of intermediaries' social function within the countries studied.

The research effort is grounded in a diversity of global perspectives and collaborative research techniques, committed to objective and independent academic standards, and aspires to be useful, actionable, and timely for policymakers and stakeholders. More broadly, the Network of Centers seeks to contribute to a more generalized vision and longer-term strategy regarding the role of academic research, facilitation and convening, and education and communication in the Internet age. For additional information on the initiative, contact Urs Gasser, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, at

The full text of the case studies and the synthesis paper are available on the Publixphere website, where the authors welcome comments and feedback. The series and individual papers are also available for download from SSRN.

Added: 19 February 2015

Issues: Economic, Legal

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