The Unbearable Trust of the Internet

11 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2012

Date Written: November 5, 2012


As a result of the Internet's rapid growth, a number of private sector companies have found themselves thrust from the role of scrappy start-up to prominent global institution in a very short period of time. These new global institutions have had to work to advance accountability and trust without relying entirely on traditional democratic governance mechanisms offered by national organizations. In the past several years, the private, civil and public sectors have worked together to advance an explosion of institutional innovations, each an experiment in building accountability mechanisms and trust for this still-young ecosystem. For the long-term health of the Internet, it is imperative that these experiments continue, and that resources be poured into making the most promising of them a success.

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Masiello, Betsy, The Unbearable Trust of the Internet (November 5, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Betsy Masiello (Contact Author)

Google Inc. ( email )

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