ICANN Needs to Delegate .AMAZON

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is showing that it can be intimidated by governments. Such capture can only lead to more politicization of the domain name system and encourage more geopolitical tension over Internet governance. It is never the multistakeholder process that creates such problems, it...

Cryptocurrency: A disruptive technology in need of innovative governance

In November 2018,  US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added two Iranians to its sanctions list (known as the specially designated nationals), over a ransomware attack and blocked their access to their Bitcoin wallets. Specially designated nationals is a list of organizations and individuals with whom...

Another Facebook privacy scandal you have never heard of!

Facebook did not have a good 2018. Treating its customers' personal information as a commodity, it was revealed by New York Times that  “For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners...

Clark’s “Designing an Internet” – A Review

David Clark’s new book, Designing an Internet (MIT Press, 2018) is an important new contribution to Internet governance studies. For the past 35 years, Clark been one of the deepest thinkers about the Internet’s architecture and design principles. He is also one of the few computer scientists to willingly stray into public...

IGF18: Deliver Us From Multilateral Internet Governance

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held under the auspices of the United Nations, is mandated to facilitate discussions of global Internet governance stakeholders through its annual meetings and other activities. The Internet Governance Project has been involved with IGF since its inception and found it for many years a relevant...
Labrona, Untitled (2016)

Research on public attribution of state-sponsored attacks

I’ve recently returned from the Cybersecurity and Cyberconflict: State of the Art Research Conference, organized by Dr. Myriam Dunn Cavelty and her colleagues at the Center for Security Studies, ETH, in Zürich, Switzerland. The conference brought together a mix of scholars researching “the strategic (mis)use of cyberspace by state and...

New IGP White Paper: Is It Time to Institutionalize Cyber Attribution?

Public attribution of cyber incidents to nation-state actors is increasing. It is a challenging and important accountability function that is often performed by a combination of threat intelligence firms or other private actors and less frequently by states. But is it time to institutionalize cyber attribution? The cybersecurity community has...