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Introduction: The ITU as Actor, Arena, and Antenna of Techno-Diplomacy
Fickers, Andreas; Balbi, Gabriele
2020In Balbi, Gabriele; Fickers, Andreas (Eds.) History of the International Telecoommunication Union (ITU): Transnational Techno-Diplomacy from the Telegraph to the Internet
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Keywords :
telecommunications; communication history; media history; techno-diplomacy; transnational regulation; standardization
Abstract :
[en] This book focuses on the history of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), from its origins in the mid-19th century to nowadays. ITU was the fi rst international organization ever and still plays a crucial role in managing global telecommunications today. Putting together some of the most relevant scholars in the fi eld of transnational communications, the book covers the history of ITU from 1865 to digital times in a truly global perspective, taking into account several technologies like the telegraph, the telephone, cables, wireless, radio, television, satellites, mobile phone, the internet and others. The main goal is to identify the long-term strategies of regulation and the techno-diplomatic manoeuvres taken inside ITU, from convincing the majority of the nations to establish the offi cial seat of the Telegraph Union bureau in Switzerland in the 1860s, to contrasting the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance (supported by US and ICANN). History of the International Telecommunication Union is a trans-disciplinary text and can be interesting for scholars and students in the fi elds of telecommunications, media, international organizations, transnational communication, diplomacy, political economy of communication, STS, and others. It has the ambition to become a reference point in the history of ITU and, at the same time, just the fi rst comprehensive step towards a longer, inter-technological, political and cultural history of transnational communications to be written in the future.
Research center :
- Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > Digital History & Historiography (DHI)
Disciplines :
History
Author, co-author :
Fickers, Andreas  ;  University of Luxembourg > Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH)
Balbi, Gabriele
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Introduction: The ITU as Actor, Arena, and Antenna of Techno-Diplomacy
Publication date :
2020
Main work title :
History of the International Telecoommunication Union (ITU): Transnational Techno-Diplomacy from the Telegraph to the Internet
Author, co-author :
Editor :
Balbi, Gabriele
Publisher :
De Gruyter, Berlin, Unknown/unspecified
Collection name :
Innovation and Diplomacy in Modern Europe
Pages :
1-12
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
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