The Narrative (January 13, 2021)

We focus on India and Europe, where frameworks for the regulation of non-personal data are emerging. We add a bit of SolarWinds followup, and peek at ICANN hiding in the corner Governance of Non-Personal Data Although most data governance efforts in recent years have been focused on the collection, storage,...

The Narrative (December 30, 2020)

This time we analyze the SolarWinds intrusion and challenge some narratives being spun around it. We also look at Europe’s whirlwind of legislative activity in the EU around cybersecurity and the digital economy. And oh, happy New Year. It’s an idiot (solar) wind... The biggest event shaping Internet governance discussions...

Exploring the problems of content moderation on social media

During the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), IGP organized a panel discussion on The interaction of platform content moderation & geopolitics. The panel focused on how inconsistency in content moderation can reinforce existing power disparities, and make platform content moderation policies into a proxy battle among conflicting interest groups. The...

Now it’s Europe’s turn to try to circumvent ICANN DNS policies

Many large American businesses – notably, Facebook and the intellectual property interests – are strongly interested in retaining free and unrestricted access to domain name registrants’ personal information (known as Whois data). As it became clear that ICANN’s multistakeholder process would restrict that access to comply with Europe's privacy regulation,...

Why we must push back against the FCC’s harassment of China Telecom (Americas)

Under Chairman Ajit Pai, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission made itself a tool of the Trump administration's assault on economic relations with China. One part of this was an attempt to expel China Telecom (Americas) from the U.S. market. The FCC issued an order to China Telecom of the Americas (CTA)...

The Narrative (December 14, 2020)

The Narrative is a twice-monthly survey of key developments in Internet governance. This time we explain how the American National Defense Authorization Act contains some highly undesirable internet governance measures and survey the geopolitics of 5G. The Militarization of Everything The American National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes nearly $750...

The Narrative (November 30, 2020)

The Narrative is a twice-monthly survey of key developments in Internet governance. This time we take up competition law activity against platforms, and the EU data governance initiative. Competition policy and platforms As Internet-driven platforms achieve ever-greater prominence and market power in the 21st century, antitrust actions are proliferating based...