Digital colonialism and decentralisation

Digital colonialism describes the domination of Western companies in the provision of digital services in developing countries. These tend to be overwhelmingly US-based, and can be found in messaging, social media, search, music, storage, hosting, and domain names. While other names have been used to describe the phenomenon, the term […]

New top level domains and the great Internet gold rush

Last week we learned that singer Taylor Swift purchased the domain names and in a move designed to prevent others from buying them and misusing her name. She is not alone, already Microsoft bought, and Harvard University purchased The domain name arms race is on. If […]

No, I do not believe in the multi-stakeholder model

I have attended the 9th Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, which is a body that arose from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005, and which has the stated aim of discussing “public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance to foster the sustainability, robustness, […]

Internet revolution, or more of the same?

What a difference a scandal makes. Turn your minds, if you may, to December 2012. The Syrian civil war enters one of its most deadly passages. The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen perform a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy at Madison Square Garden. The Duchess of […]

Is the Internet free and open?

It has been an interesting week for those interested in Internet studies. As everyone knows, the International Telecommunications Union is meeting in Dubai for the WCIT, and there has been a bit of a revolt against what might happen. I have made my feelings clear, so there is no need […]

In search of an open Internet

Internet openness is all the rage these days. From call signs on buildings to Declarations of Internet Freedom, an important sector of informed users is catching on to the relevance of keeping the Web open. This openness movement has been prompted in part by the perceived and real threats coming […]

Who controls the Internet?

This is the question posed by every single Internet governance paper, every Internet regulation book. In classrooms around the world, students grapple with this very simple question. The usual answer is that nobody is in charge of the Internet. Of course, this is not entirely true, there has to be […]