NETmundial: Only a Landmark Event If 'Digital Cold War' Rhetoric Abandoned

Musiani, F. & Pohle, J. (2014). NETmundial: only a landmark event if 'Digital Cold War' rhetoric abandoned. Internet Policy Review, 3(1). DOI: 10.14763/2014.1.251

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Francesca Musiani

French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Julia Pohle

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Date Written: March 19, 2014

Abstract

While internet privacy has been a central concern for quite a long time, the revelations by Edward Snowden about the US National Security Agency’s massive surveillance programme have highlighted the extent to which it is a core political issue. The privacy-surveillance controversy has prompted what is perhaps the most prominent and ambitious call in internet governance history to break the dominance of the United States' control over internet infrastructure: the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, or NETmundial (April 2014). The article analyses the current state of multi-stakeholderism in internet governance in light of this event. In particular, it argues for the necessity to leave the ‘Digital Cold War’ rhetoric behind if the internationalisation and the globalisation of internet governance is to move to the next level.

Keywords: Internet governance, Multi-stakeholderism, Net Mundial, Digital Cold War, United States of America

Suggested Citation

Musiani, Francesca and Pohle, Julia, NETmundial: Only a Landmark Event If 'Digital Cold War' Rhetoric Abandoned (March 19, 2014). Musiani, F. & Pohle, J. (2014). NETmundial: only a landmark event if 'Digital Cold War' rhetoric abandoned. Internet Policy Review, 3(1). DOI: 10.14763/2014.1.251. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2827671

Francesca Musiani

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

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Paris, 75794
France

Julia Pohle (Contact Author)

WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

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D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

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