Internet NGOs: Legitimacy and Accountability

  • Anton Vedder
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2739)


As the power and influence of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in international debates on social and moral matters increases, questions concerning their legitimacy and accountability become all the more challenging. Some starting points are given for a defensible account of the legitimacy and accountability of internationally operating NGOs. Special attention is given to the use of new information and communication technologies by NGOs and to the ways in which legitimacy and accountability circumscribe the ways in which NGOs are structured and organized.


Procedural Justification Nongovernmental Organization International Debate Private Person Legal Principle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anton Vedder
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  1. 1.Faculty of LawTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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