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CSIS/STS/Law School Talk: The World Wide War for Internet Governance

Presented by Dr. Laura DeNardis (Author, Internet Governance Scholar and Associate Professor in the School of Communication at American University)
When Feb 19, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, Room 1001
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Abstract

Internet governance conflicts are the new spaces where political and economic power is unfolding in the 21st century. Technologies of Internet governance increasingly mediate freedom of expression and individual privacy. They are entangled with national security and global commerce. The distributed nature of Internet governance technologies is shifting historic control over these public interest areas from sovereign nation-states to private ordering and new global institutions. The term “Internet governance” conjures up a host of global controversies such as the prolonged Internet outage in Syria during political turmoil or Google’s decision not to acquiesce to U.S. government requests to remove an incendiary political video from YouTube. It invokes narratives about the United Nations "taking over" the Internet, cybersecurity concerns about denial of service attacks, and the mercurial privacy policies of social media companies. These issues exist only at the surface of a technologically concealed and institutionally complex ecosystem of governance that is generally out of public view. This talk explains how the Internet is currently governed, particularly through the sinews of power that exist in technical architecture and new global institutions, and presents several brewing Internet governance controversies that will affect the future of economic and expressive liberty.

*Lunch provided.

This talk is sponsored by CSIS, UC Davis Law School, and the STS program and open to the public.

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