Internet Governance

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    Alternative internet(s): will they develop in Latin America?

Alternative internet(s): will they develop in Latin America?

Renata Avila, a lawyer who works with the Web Foundation’s Web We Want initative, discusses the possibility of the emergence of alternative internets in Latin America, in the last post of our alternative internet(s) series.

We are facing a year of challenges in Latin America. The region is finally at peace, with the final ceasefire in Colombia, and is […]

Personal data and dynamic IPs – time for clarity?

Damian Clifford and Jessica Schroers, legal researchers at KU Leuven, look at whether dynamic IP addresses fall within the scope of European Data Protection legislation given the identifiability of users based on the processing of IP addresses. In simple terms, IP addresses are unique sets of numbers that identify each computer using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a […]

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    How open data and data governance could change democracy in France and abroad

How open data and data governance could change democracy in France and abroad

Last September, the French government appointed Henri Verdier as its first “Chief Data Officer”. Four months after his appointment, LSE student Marine Gossa looks back at the debates that Verdier’s new function sparked in France and what a Chief Data Officer could mean for French democracy.

Working under the Prime Minster’s direct orders and within the Ministry for Public Action […]

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    Multistakeholderism unmasked: How the NetMundial Initiative shifts battlegrounds in internet governance

Multistakeholderism unmasked: How the NetMundial Initiative shifts battlegrounds in internet governance

Julia Pohle is a researcher at the centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is a fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the Global Governance Futures (GGF 2025) program. Since 2013, Julia has been a member of the steering committee of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). This piece is part […]

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    Alternative civic architecture: maps of the alternative internet

Alternative civic architecture: maps of the alternative internet

Building wireless networks differently can illustrate different ways of occupying space and organizing access to communications.  In this latest post in our alternative internet(s) series, LSE’s Alison Powell discusses some of the ways that alternative internets have brought attention to architectural choices about networking, and highlights how these politicizations might be valuable in the age of the top-down “smart […]

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    From personal computers to personal networks: are we ready for the DIY networking era?

From personal computers to personal networks: are we ready for the DIY networking era?

In the latest post in our Alternative Internet(s) series, Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher at the Communication Systems Group at ETH Zürich, argues that we should be prepared for an explosion of personal and community wireless networks.

Wireless technology, cheap off-the-shelf hardware and free and open source software make it easier and easier for people with less-technical inclinations to build their […]

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    “Kickin’ The Clouds Away”: A rights-based approach for mesh networks as community media

“Kickin’ The Clouds Away”: A rights-based approach for mesh networks as community media

In the latest post in our Alternative Internet(s) series, Argyro Karanasiou, Lecturer in IT & Media Law for the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University argues that policymakers must embrace decentralised Internet architectures as a way of breaking online informational monopolies.

Back in 1967, computer network pioneer Paul Baran described network communications as an unregulated public […]

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    The missing link: where do third parties stand in the “right to be forgotten”?

The missing link: where do third parties stand in the “right to be forgotten”?

On 26 November 2014 the European Union’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (29WP) published its guidelines for implementing the “right to be forgotten.” The thirteen guidelines, while not legally binding, are to be used by search engines and DPAs when evaluating petitions from individuals to de-link online content that appears when searching for their name. However, LSE MSc […]

Online freedoms: all relative?

Freedom House published its annual report Freedom on the Net 2014 today, which studies and evaluates the development of internet and digital media freedom in 65 countries around the world. LSE Alum Anri van der Spuy, who contributed to the report on the United Kingdom with the LSE Media Policy Project (but was not involved in the scoring process), […]

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    Alternative internet(s): Governance by internet infrastructure

Alternative internet(s): Governance by internet infrastructure

Francesca Musiani is a researcher with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), affiliated with the Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC). In this latest post in our series on alternative internet(s), she looks at the implications of governance by control of internet infrastructure.

Perhaps due to the snowball effect of the Snowden revelations, never in history have conflicts over […]