The Battle for Control of the Internet


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Who controls the Internet and how is it regulated?

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The Battle for Control of the Internet

  1. 1. Who Controls the Web? The Battle for Control of the Internet
  2. 2. Strict regulations in China …
  3. 3. Everyone attempts to regulate the internet, but laws vary
  4. 4. A Digital Cold War?
  5. 5. Average internet user is caught in crossfire…
  6. 6. Society & business will suffer until we reach international agreement
  7. 7. Who controls the Internet?
  8. 8. OMG, the Internet is awesome!
  9. 9. Internet led to globalization
  10. 10. Internet spread like wildfire
  11. 11. Nations wanted control of powerful new tool
  12. 12. Models for Internet Governance • Self Governance • Neo-Mercantilism • Culturalism • Gatekeeper • Globalism
  13. 13. There’s no dispute that a sovereign state may create and enforce laws concerning activities within its borders.
  14. 14. … But the internet is a cross-border space. So whose laws apply?
  15. 15. Disputes result and don’t get resolved…
  16. 16. Consequences The economy suffers as businesses are less likely to invest and innovate due to legal uncertainties. Dot coms also waste valuable resources handling international legal disputes. And some users may find themselves facing legal claims for activities that are legal in the users’ country. While others must surf the web without any certainty that redress is available for harms they might suffer online.
  17. 17. Towards a global standard Courts have struggled to develop a satisfactory solution, yet no progress has been made toward a uniform global standard of Internet jurisdiction. Here are some common proposals…
  18. 18. Proposals I. Universal set of laws II. Global jurisdiction test III. Filtering & e-Borders IV. Terms of Service provisions V. Do nothing
  19. 19. About the Presenter Mark Grabowski is a professor at Adelphi University in New York, where he teaches internet law & ethics. His research has been published in books and academic journals, including Harvard's law journal. His publications have been translated into Korean and Romanian. He's been mentioned in The Economist, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times and other media outlets. Previously, he worked as a journalist and as a lawyer.