Chapter 5: Shaping the Global Politics of the Digital Revolution
Having defined the scope of their projects, enrolled the necessary allies and developed ways of interacting, the two multi-stakeholder arrangements were now ready to act and mobilize on a larger scale. With techniques, rationalities and organizational arrangements in place, attention could now be shifted to the substantive aspects of the global politics of the Internet. In this phase, they not only mobilized more social worlds and refined their ways of working, but also fleshed out and ordered their matters of concern – ICT-for-development and Internet governance – in new ways. As we will see, non-human actors, such as technological features of the Internet and imaginaires about the potential of ICTs, entered these discussions again and again – and made a difference to the shape of the global politics of the Internet. Chapter 2 launched the discussion about the making of governable objects and Chapter 3 showed how hybrid forums enrol valuable allies. But we have yet to see how hybrid forums can mobilize much larger groups of allies and chains of associations (Callon 1986: 215) and facilitate collaborations without consensus that reconfigure more extensive projects. This chapter digs deeper into the shaping of the politics of the Internet as a transnational policy issue and explores how technological, regulatory and political imaginaires interweave in the mobilizing phase of the project. MOBILIZATION AND THE ORDERING OF OBJECTS By problematizing the global politics of the Internet in particular ways, and by attracting and enrolling the allies needed for this project to be successful, the two forums...
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