Will National Sovereignty Splinter the Internet?

41 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2023

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Angela Garcia Calvo

University of Reading

Martin Kenney

University of California, Davis

John Zysman

Berkeley Roundtable for the International Economy

Date Written: August 18, 2023

Abstract

In a global economy defined by growing geoeconomic tensions, the platform economy has become a stage where international political and economic conflict unfolds. Aware of the power of platform firms and the risks of the platform economy, large economies are abandoning the dominant laissez faire approach in favor of strategies that differ dramatically as a function of political goals, domestic political coalitions, internal industrial structure, and available policy and market instruments. We examine the trajectories and strategies of the four largest economies: the US, the EU, China and India and ask whether these strategies will lead to superficial or deep splintering that affects the structure and interoperability of networks. As efforts to govern the platform economy expand to emerging technologies such as AI, our analysis presages broader changes to the structure of what was until recently a global internet.

Keywords: platform economy, United States, China, European Union, India

Suggested Citation

Garcia Calvo, Angela and Kenney, Martin and Zysman, John, Will National Sovereignty Splinter the Internet? (August 18, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4545000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4545000

Angela Garcia Calvo (Contact Author)

University of Reading ( email )

Henley Business School
Whiteknights Campus
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6UD
United Kingdom

Martin Kenney

University of California, Davis ( email )

Community and Regional Development Unit
Davis, CA 95616
United States
5305745943 (Phone)

John Zysman

Berkeley Roundtable for the International Economy ( email )

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