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Virtual Sovereignty: Governments, Stakeholders and Internet Governance

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The way the Internet is governed is of strategic importance to modern society. Yet current Internet governance (IG) is not robust enough to address the Internet’s critical relevance. The revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the deep reach of spy agencies online created a major earthquake in digital politics, showing the limitations of the existing Internet governance institutions in dealing with major economic and geopolitical tensions. Many governments, international organizations, think tanks and experts, have started a search for a new IG formula, moving the issue from the realm of engineers and geeks into the premier league of global politics. The main challenge is how to reconcile the tension between current IG, led by nongovernmental players, and increasing demands for a stronger role for governments.

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