Governance by Infrastructure: Introduction, 'The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance'

31 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2016  

Laura DeNardis

American University; Yale Information Society Project

Francesca Musiani

French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Date Written: September 15, 2014

Abstract

Since the Internet’s foundation, the use of domain names, addresses, protocols, and other underlying infrastructures as instruments of power and governance has been crucial in maintaining stability throughout its evolution. In today’s Internet landscape, these tools are increasingly being leveraged by political and private entities for broader political and economic purposes, other than those for which they were initially designed. Governance of the Internet’s infrastructure shifts into governance by Internet infrastructure, with implications for the corporatization of governance, particularly delegated law enforcement, surveillance, and censorship; the evolutions in instruments and practices of content mediation and control; and the civil liberties implications of these institutional and technological changes.

Keywords: Internet infrastructure, surveillance, censorship, civil liberties

Suggested Citation

DeNardis, Laura and Musiani, Francesca, Governance by Infrastructure: Introduction, 'The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance' (September 15, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2730689 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2730689

Laura DeNardis

American University ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

Yale Information Society Project ( email )

127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States

Francesca Musiani (Contact Author)

French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) ( email )

3, rue Michel-Ange
Paris, 75794
France

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