Mapping Power and Jurisdiction on the Internet Through the Lens of Government-Led Surveillance

Internet Policy Review, 9(3), 2020, DOI: 10.14763/2020.3.1497

17 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2020

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Oskar Josef Gstrein

University of Groningen - Campus Fryslân; Europa-Institut, Saarland University

Date Written: September 16, 2020

Abstract

Facing the fragmentation of digital space in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, this article considers regulatory models available to avoid the balkanisation of the internet. Considering government-led surveillance in particular, available strategies are investigated to create a trustworthy and universal digital space, based on human rights principles and values. After analysis and discussion of salient aspects of two relevant proposals, it is submitted that the lack of a common understanding of concepts makes global regulation unlikely. Nevertheless, a possible alternative to universal frameworks and national regulation might be the creation of ‘blocs of trust’, established through international conventions.

Keywords: Internet Governance, Surveillance, Jurisdiction, Human Rights, Privacy, Data Protection

Suggested Citation

Gstrein, Oskar Josef, Mapping Power and Jurisdiction on the Internet Through the Lens of Government-Led Surveillance (September 16, 2020). Internet Policy Review, 9(3), 2020, DOI: 10.14763/2020.3.1497, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3693651

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