Beyond the New 'Digital Divide': Analyzing the Evolving Role of National Governments in Internet Governance and Enhancing Cybersecurity

66 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2014 Last revised: 15 Jul 2014

Scott Shackelford

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law; Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs; Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research; Stanford Center for Internet and Society; Stanford Law School

Amanda Craig

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

A heated debate is underway about the appropriate role of nation-states in Internet governance and enhancing global cybersecurity, as was illustrated most recently during the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12). Meanwhile, national governments are increasingly seeking to secure their critical infrastructure through regulation that may have global impacts. In an effort to compare and contrast these policies so as to begin to identify best practices that could give rise to norms and eventually be codified in international law, this Article analyzes proposed and implemented critical infrastructure regulations in China, the European Union, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Ultimately, the Article demonstrates that there exists a continuum of governmental interest in and approaches to regulating cyberspace, blurring the "digital divide" that was exposed at WCIT-12 and noting the value of finding common ground between stakeholders. Only then will the international community be able to reach agreement on the future of Internet governance and promote cyber peace.

Suggested Citation

Shackelford, Scott and Craig, Amanda, Beyond the New 'Digital Divide': Analyzing the Evolving Role of National Governments in Internet Governance and Enhancing Cybersecurity (2014). Stanford Journal of International Law, Vol. 50, p. 119, Winter 2014; Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 290. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2446666

Scott J. Shackelford (Contact Author)

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs ( email )

79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research ( email )

Wylie Hall 105
100 South Woodlawn
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Stanford Center for Internet and Society ( email )

Palo Alto, CA
United States

Stanford Law School ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Amanda Craig

Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )

211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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