Internet problem: Governance

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Literature Review: Governance problem for Internet

This “Ten Problems for Internet in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. software, 
  2. privacy,
  3. governance,
  4. wellbeing,
  5. jobs,
  6. commerce,
  7. infrastructure,
  8. blockchain,
  9. education,
  10. security.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

3 Governance

THE PROBLEM — Demands for a more democratic, transparent and accountable management of the internet are strong. Very big digital media and communications platform companies have come to be of growing global significance, while the infrastructure of the Internet is hardly considered in the security context. Algorithms on and beyond the Internet are increasingly influencing, aiding, or replacing human decision-making in many life domains. Current concerns are shared by many who are part of the Internet community.

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CONCLUSIONS — ICANN has made many efforts to improve its legitimacy and decision-making system in the recent years. Content moderation is a critical subject around which debates about whether digital platform companies are effectively media companies. Security of DNS, BGP and submarine cables is needed for the future development of the Internet infrastructure. Research on the governance by and of algorithms is highly interdisciplinary. Lawmakers and regulators are being called on to strive for stronger regulation of the global internet. Platforms, regulators, and users must work towards platform governance processes capable of building broad consensus around how policy decisions are made and implemented. There are inherently digital and internet-worked dimensions to the legal, moral, and political complexities of international human rights. The African Union still needs to establish the cyber legislation necessary to protect their citizens, while operating within the confines of the rule of law and respecting human rights. The Chinese internet is entangled with transnational capital and is manifesting a strong globalizing drive. In Latin America, the construction of multistakeholder models of governance is a priority to face concrete internet problems.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Internet in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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