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She has conducted training sessions and Round Tables for industry and government. She writes the influential IPtegrity blog on European Internet and copyright policy - http://www.iptegrity.com - attracting an international readership including academics, lawyers and policy-makers. She has a long track record as a writer on telecommunications and Internet matters, and has previously written for the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times. Her extensive portfolio includes published articles on telecoms and mobile phone markets, and the Internet. Dr Horten researched her PhD at the University of Westminster from 2007-2010. She holds an Masters degree with distinction in Communications Policy, a postgraduate diploma in marketing (DiP M), and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.
This inspirational book provides the backstory to current attempts by states and corporations to control the Internet. It explains key issues such as privacy, net neutrality and copyright in a way that is accessible to non-experts, as well as providing a clear, authoritative context for academic study.
The Closing of the Net explains:
•Why apps are never 'free', and how data profiling got into politics
•How the entertainment industries went head-to-head with Internet companies over online copyright
•Why we got the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and why Europe has stronger privacy laws than the US
•How post-Snowden surveillance politics is embedded in data retention law
•Why net neutrality matters
•How cloud service Megaupload was brought down
Monica Horten’s compelling account of these issues concludes with an outline of the risks we face in the future if monitoring and blocking of the Internet becomes the norm. And the results are chilling. This book is a must-read for all followers of cyber-policy, and is suitable for courses addressing digital media and society, communications policy, Internet and copyright law.
This highly original analysis of three attempts to bring in new laws to defend copyright on the Internet - ACTA, Ley Sinde and the Digital Economy Act - investigates the dance of influence between lobbyists and their political proxies and unmasks the sophistry of their arguments. Internet copyright expert Monica Horten outlines the myriad ways that lobbyists contrived to bypass democratic process and persuade politicians to take up their cause in imposing an American corporate agenda. In doing so, she argues the case for stronger transparency in copyright policy-making. A Copyright Masquerade is essential reading for anyone who cares about copyright and the Internet, and to those who care about freedom of speech and good government.