An autocratic country in global multistakeholder Internet governance

A recently published report supported by the Internet Policy Observatory  about Iran's approach to Internet governance provides insight into how an autocratic government plays a role in Internet policy and operations. And as the report shows, the situation is not all dark and gloomy. Some important points can be concluded...

Cyberspace and the nature of the state

On December 12, 2014 two IGP principals, Hans Klein and Milton Mueller, organized an invitation-only workshop on the topic of Sovereignty, National Security and Internet Governance in New York City. The initial inspiration for the workshop came from Dr. Mueller’s engagement with the work of Philip Bobbitt. Bobbitt’s book The...

Europe in Two Internet Related Battlefields

[Editors note:  Please welcome Farzaneh Badii, from Hamburg University's Graduate School in Law and Economics, who joins Syracuse University's iSchool and the IGP as a Visiting Doctoral Student for the next six months.] “Lord, deliver us from all evil and from French state justice.”[1] This was the French farmers’ prayer once...

U.S. Congress Man-in-the-Middle Attack on IANA transition

Late Thursday the House of Representatives passed a consolidated appropriations bill to fund the majority of government through fiscal year 2015. Contradicting their ‘Internet freedom’ rhetoric, Republicans attached a rider to the gigantic ($1.014 trillion) federal funding bill that defunded any attempt by the NTIA to set the domain name...

What do the Wall Street Journal and the ITU have in common?

It’s Hallowe’en and, appropriately enough, there are scary things going on in Internet governance land. Let’s begin with the western world’s favorite Internet bogeyman, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU is holding its quadrennial Plenipotentiary in Busan, South Korea. Booo! It is now impossible for the ITU to have...

Internet nation?

The following is the speech delivered by IGP's Milton Mueller at the closing ceremony of the 9th Annual Internet Governance Forum I thank our host country and the IGF Secretariat for the excellent facilities and well-organized event. I also want to shout out to the Turkish alternative informatics activists for...

The Unanswered Questions of NetMundial

Guest blog by David Johnson I join many others in commending Brazil for a successful NetMundial meeting. The shared sense of commitment to a free and open internet was tangible. Experimental processes opened up new ways of engaging more people in the multi-stakeholder process and preserving the transparency of efforts...

Netmundial moves Net governance beyond WSIS

The Brazil meeting, the Netmundial, has succeeded in producing an outcome document that commands international legitimacy. Among governments, only Russia, Cuba and India explicitly distanced themselves from the outcome. Given the speed with which the process was put together and the need for process innovations to aggregate the comments of...