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[liberationtech] Fwd: [Air-L] new book: Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law

Jodi Schneider jschneider at
Sun Jan 1 14:08:54 PST 2017

New book, in case of interest... (author cc'd)

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From: Angela Daly <angelacdaly at>
Date: Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 7:17 PM
Subject: [Air-L] new book: Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU
To: air-l at

I am delighted to announce that my book, Private Power, Online Information
Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap has just been published by Hart:
(20% discount when using code 'CV7' at checkout -

This monograph examines how European Union law and regulation address
concentrations of private economic power which impede free information
flows on the Internet to the detriment of Internet users' autonomy. In
particular, competition law, sector specific regulation (if it exists),
data protection and human rights law are considered and assessed to the
extent they can tackle such concentrations of power for the benefit of
users. Using a series of illustrative case studies, of Internet provision
(including the net neutrality debate), search, mobile devices and app
stores, and the cloud, the work demonstrates the gaps that currently exist
in EU law and regulation. It is argued that these gaps exist due, in part,
to current overarching trends guiding the regulation of economic power,
namely neoliberalism, by which only the situation of market failure can
invite ex ante rules, buoyed by the lobbying of regulators and legislators
by those in possession of such economic power to achieve outcomes which
favour their businesses. Given this systemic, and extra-legal, nature of
the reasons as to why the gaps exist, solutions from outside the system are
proposed at the end of each case study.

'This is a richly textured, critically argued work, shedding new light on
case studies in information law which require critical thinking. It is both
an interesting series of case studies (notably cloud computing, app stores
and search) that displays original and deeply researched scholarship and a
framework for critiquing neoliberal competition policy from a prosumerist
and citizen-oriented perspective.' - Professor Chris Marsden, University of

I will be giving seminars and talks about the book during January:
9/1/2017 - Power and Identity conference, Graduate Programme on Global
Society, University of Tokyo (Japan)
24/1/2017 - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society seminar,
University of Tilburg (NL)
26/1/2017 - Digital Rights and Enforcement panel, Computers, Privacy and
Data Protection Conference, Brussels (Belgium)
31/1/2017 - official book launch and evening reception (reply to me if you
are interested in attending), London (UK)
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