The role of innovation and wealth in the net neutrality debate: A content analysis of human values in congressional and FCC hearings

An Shou Cheng, Kenneth R. Fleischmann, Ping Wang, Emi Ishita, Douglas W. Oard

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Abstract

Net neutrality is the focus of an important policy debate that is tied to technological innovation, economic development, and information access. We examine the role of human values in shaping the Net neutrality debate through a content analysis of testimonies from U.S. Senate and FCC hearings on Net neutrality. The analysis is based on a coding scheme that we developed based on a pilot study in which we used the Schwartz Value Inventory. We find that the policy debate surrounding Net neutrality revolves primarily around differences in the frequency of expression of the values of innovation and wealth, such that the proponents of Net neutrality more frequently invoke innovation, while the opponents of Net neutrality more frequently invoke wealth in their prepared testimonies. The paper provides a novel approach for examining the Net neutrality debate and sheds light on the connection between information policy and research on human values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1360-1373
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume63
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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