Is the West giving up on freedom of speech? Terror, Hate and the EU Internet Forum

The European Commission recently concluded its “EU Internet Forum,” a code of conduct for regulating speech on the internet. The code was negotiated among law enforcement agencies and the major global social media providers. The Code of Conduct targets terrorist recruiting and so-called ‘hate speech.’ It encouraged the platform providers...

Political Space and Cyberspace

Is the Internet fragmenting? Is there an inherent contradiction between jurisdiction and the Internet? Is "data sovereignty" desirable, or even technically possible? On May 19 and 20 the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy will host a workshop on Political Space and Cyberspace to explore these questions. This invitation-only workshop...

Alternate DNS roots and the abominable snowman of sovereignty

[caption id="attachment_3933" align="alignleft" width="215"] Source: http://www.runjackson.org[/caption] Ever since the formation of ICANN (and before), the mere mention of "alternate DNS roots" has inspired apoplectic reactions in certain circles. The idea of running a DNS root that competed with the one managed by IANA was seen as heretical at best, and an...

The Wuzhen Compradors

The World Internet Conference (WIC) is China's attempt to assert itself as a leader in global Internet governance. Held in the lovely, historically preserved town of Wuzhen, there have now been two annual events; the latest just concluded December 18. The conference could be seen as just another Chinese business networking...

GAC as “first among equals:” the danger in the accountability plan

How will ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) handle the dilemma it has been put into by the community empowerment mechanism? The dilemma I am referring to is this: does the GAC want to participate in the community empowerment mechanism as an organization, with voting seats, or does it want to...

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...