Evolution of the Internet in Light of Nation-State Realities

18 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2017

Date Written: June 5, 2017


That the Internet has, beyond imagination, revolutionized our way of life is akin to stating the obvious however the challenge in the 21st century, is how governance in real time adapts to the technological realities posed by the use of the Internet.

This paper begins by tracing the origin of the Internet, emphasizing its original purpose and function and how far it has evolved. The history of the internet and the current stage of its evolution reveal the tension between the principality that founded the internet and the digital community (who have considerable stake in the use of the Internet) regarding the control of the internet infrastructure.

This paper shows that the tension between the two groups stated above can be resolved by practically addressing the issue of Internet governance. This is due largely to the fact that the Internet cannot be divorced from everyday life. Governing the Internet can therefore be seen as the key to ensuring the realities of the Nation-State is made to reflect on cyberspace. In a manner that does not undermine the sovereignty of nations.

Keywords: Cyberspace, Governance, Internet, International Law

JEL Classification: K33, K39, Z18

Suggested Citation

Ogunsipe, Damilola, Evolution of the Internet in Light of Nation-State Realities (June 5, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2985245 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2985245

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