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,...

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...

Hague Keynote: Sovereignty in Cyberspace

This is the text of the keynote speech delivered by Milton Mueller at the 2020 conference of the Hague Program for Cyber Norms of Leiden University. Special thanks to Prof. Dennis Broeders for the invitation. A recording of the talk, which includes slides and many good follow up questions, is...

IGF 2020: Overcoming the US-China Digital Cold War

This workshop (WS#81) addresses the Internet governance implications of the widening split between the United States and China. Involving experts and government representatives from the U.S., China, Europe, India and South Africa, it seeks answers to the following policy questions about the intensifying conflict between the US and China: Does...

China’s Data Security Initiative: Still Stuck in the Sovereignty Box

The Trump administration has unleashed a number of aggressive actions blocking China from access to those parts of the transnational digital economy anchored in the United States. These actions are based on the premise that exposure to Chinese ICT products and services are national security threats, because China’s Communist government...