Will the Internet fragment? Professor Mueller gave a talk about his book “Will the Internet Fragment?” at Clemson University. He says the network effects of global compatibility are powerful enough to defeat a technical fracturing of the web. The real threat comes from governments’ attempts to align information flows with their territorial boundaries. A power struggle may loom over the future of national sovereignty in the digital world.

Governing cybersecurity or the Internet? Report on our workshop

Participants at the 3rd annual IGP workshop went for a deep dive into the complexities of governance as it pertains to the Internet, cybersecurity, and national security. Held in Atlanta on the Georgia Tech campus, the 25-person workshop featured a complementary mix of academic researchers, industry representatives and military and public policy practitioners. The theme was: Who Governs – States or Stakeholders? Cybersecurity and Internet governance. It was based on the premise that cyber security claims have increasingly been used to enmesh various aspects of the Internet in foreign policy and military conflict, as well as in other national forms of regulation and control. Internet governance, on the other hand, is widely seen as something that should be subject to cooperative global governance in which state actors and nonstate actors participate as equals, and national territorial divisions are minimized.

Most of the papers presented at the meeting will be reviewed, revised and published in a special issue of the journal Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance. Adding flair to the event, the WannaCry incident broke out in the middle of it (though no one there was affected). Continue reading

Legalizing Hackbacks?

The idea of cyber self defense – or as some call it, “hack back” – is back into cybersecurity discussions with a proposed Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act by Congressman Tom Graves. Graves, a Republican from Georgia’s 14th District, joined with Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema at a panel discussion arranged by Georgia Tech’s Institute for Information Security and Privacy. The panel, which was moderated by IGP’s Milton Mueller, brought together experts from academia and the private sector.

The idea of cyber self-defense in in some ways an innovative response to an Internet governance problem. It responds to the problem of the limitations of national jurisdiction and limited transnational cooperation among law enforcement agencies by allowing victims to act on their own behalf.

Responding to questions from Georgia Tech faculty experts and some Atlanta business people in the audience, the panel discussed various issues that the proposed bill could raise. Some of the most notable discussions revolved around the following questions: Who should be allowed to carry out self defense? What about attribution? Should we differentiate between state actors and private actors? Continue reading