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Networks and States: The Global Politics of Internet Governance


The tension between territorial government and the global Internet has become a recurring theme in discussions of how to govern the Internet. With the rise of national filtering-censorship initiatives and intensifying debates over national cyber-security efforts, it is often assumed that the Internet will inevitably be subordinated to the traditional system of nation-states. This presentation contests that thesis, and shows how Internet governance poses novel and fascinating global governance issues that profoundly challenge the traditional nation-state’s dominance of communication-information policy. Drawing on theories of networked governance, Milton Mueller provides a broad overview of Internet governance from the formation of ICANN to the present day, including the clash at the World Summit on the Information Society, the formation of the Internet Governance Forum, recent reforms of ICANN and the rise of national-level Internet control and security concerns.

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Milton L. Mueller, Professor at Syracuse University School of Information Studies

Tuesday, 05 January 2010
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 2-2
Level 2, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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