The Collision of Regulatory Convergence and Divergence: Updating Policies of Surveillance and Information Technology

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dc.contributor.author Hosein, Ian
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-28T21:19:33Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-28T21:19:33Z
dc.date.issued 2001-12-15
dc.identifier.citation Hosein, I. (2001). The collision of regulatory convergence and divergence: Updating policies of surveillance and information technology. The Southern African Journal of Information and Communication (SAJIC), 2. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19835 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 1607-2235 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-5040  (online version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/19835
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19835
dc.description.abstract Regulation theory rarely considers the disruptive capacity of technology, nor regulation in the sole interest of government. This paper will investigate the capacity of technology to disrupt regulatory regimes surrounding surveillance and communications infrastructure in various countries. As policy regimes are updated to meet new challenges, through the creation of new policy habitats, new powers are created despite protests and claims of technological neutrality. However, the capacity to interpret technology does not end: technology will disrupt even the new habitat, requiring renegotiation and re-settlements. Such negotiations often occur at the international level; some of these processes will be reviewed and critiqued. Considering the contingent nature of technology policy, this paper then recommends some ways forward when considering new national policies, such as the process that South Africa is about to embark on.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title The Collision of Regulatory Convergence and Divergence: Updating Policies of Surveillance and Information Technology en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19835


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  • SAJIC Issue 2, 2001
    Articles on e-commerce in Africa, policies of surveillance, institutional arrangements for communications policy and regulation, universal access, and the Next Generation Network.

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