Internet Policy: A Systematic Review of Approaches to Governance of Online and Social Media Platforms

Document Type : Research Article


1 Assistant Professor at Department of Cyberspace Studies, Ricac

2 Associate Professor at Department of Sociology, University of Tehran


Objective of the paper is to study theoretical literature of platforms governance and presentation and subject categorization based on different approach to platform governance. In the paper, one used systematic review and thematic analysis as method for analysis of platforms policy literature. Therefore, the researcher searched all major scientific databases for related papers using some keywords; and for 2010-2020. In sum, one identified and analyzed 106 papers. Three main categories were identified regarding platform governance policies: Governance on Platforms, Governance in Platforms and Governance through Platforms. The Finding showed that self-governance is so far the main tool for governance of Platforms, but despite of complexity and rapid developments of techno-cultural features of Platforms, different government are able to establish some policies-for example, co governane-to govern platforms and recognition of global platforms.


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