Hacking the Planet, the Dalai Lama, and You: Managing Technical Vulnerabilities in the Internet Through Polycentric Governance

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

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Amanda Craig

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

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

Date Written: June 5, 2014

Abstract

This Article analyzes key vulnerabilities in the Internet's infrastructure, protocols, and code, and how they may be better managed through interventions at multiple levels. In particular, this Article examines the concept of polycentric governance and its applicability to technical vulnerabilities in the Internet. This theory has been championed by proponents such as Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom and promotes self-organization and networking regulations at multiple levels to address an array of global issues, from urban crime, to climate change and cyber attacks. However, there has not yet been a consideration of the applicability of this framework to technical Internet vulnerabilities explicitly, which is a conversation this Article seeks to jumpstart.

Keywords: cybersecurity, Internet governance, polycentric governance

Suggested Citation

Craig, Amanda and Shackelford, Scott J., Hacking the Planet, the Dalai Lama, and You: Managing Technical Vulnerabilities in the Internet Through Polycentric Governance (June 5, 2014). Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 24, p. 381, Winter 2014; Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 292. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2446669

Amanda Craig

Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )

211 S. Indiana Avenue
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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 )

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Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research ( email )

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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

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