Made in Russia: Making sense of the Kremlin’s ICT import substitution program

At this point, it’s certainly not news that the Kremlin has been seeking to exert full control over what it regards as its national, Russian-only information space (информационном пространстве). For almost a decade  – that is, since Putin returned to office for his third presidential term in 2012 – the...

Comparative Analysis of Platform Governance in the U.S. and China

IGP’s conference on “Comparative Analysis of Platform Governance in the U.S. and China” brought together 21 papers and 30 scholars and policy influencers for three days of intensive (bilingual) discussion. Digital platforms and the data they generate are now the focus of business, government and civil society all over the...

The Narrative (May 1, 2021)

It was Artificial Intelligence week. True to form, Europe released plans to regulate AI while the United States fretted about winning an imaginary AI race with China. Europe’s Artificial Intelligence Act “With these landmark rules, the European Commission is spearheading the development of new global norms to make sure A.I....

The Narrative (April 13, 2021)

China fines Ali Baba for competing vigorously; platform governance becomes a thing; reports of a digital currency war are greatly exaggerated; NSA’s “we need visibility” thesis is contested. From China, with love China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has fined Ali Baba 18.228 billion yuan (about 2.79 billion U.S. dollars)...

The Narrative – January 26, 2021

The impact of social media on political communication remains a top concern worldwide. A request for comment on disinformation policy has been issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression. Biden's incoming Director of National Intelligence is being pushed to support mandatory cybersecurity information sharing by the private...

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...

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,...