Newest release avail­able in Eng­lish: „Who gov­erns the inter­net? Play­ers and fields of action“

What do we mean when we talk about “Inter­net Gov­er­nance”? How do we ensure that the inter­net remains func­tion­al tech­ni­cal­ly, social­ly and polit­i­cal­ly? In which way is it pos­si­ble to con­trol our coex­is­tence online? These are some of the issues tack­led by the book­let “Who gov­erns the inter­net?”, which was writ­ten by iRights.Lab on behalf of the Friedrich Ebert Foun­da­tion and orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in Ger­man in Sep­tem­ber 2016. Due to ongo­ing high demand, the Foun­da­tion has now pub­lished an Eng­lish edi­tion.

Who gov­erns the inter­net? Play­ers and fields of action” intro­duces the topic of Inter­net Gov­er­nance and is updat­ed to reflect recent devel­op­ments up to Novem­ber 2017. The out­line remains unchanged: Renowned authors give an overview of the his­to­ry of inter­net reg­u­la­tion, explain reg­u­la­to­ry meth­ods and show the ways that the process might be shaped. The work also presents the rel­e­vant actors in the field, and a glos­sary explains the most impor­tant con­cepts and offers links for fur­ther read­ing, and hints on where to look for more infor­ma­tion and addi­tion­al lit­er­a­ture, so as to help the read­er con­tin­ue to explore the sub­ject.

On the one hand, “Who gov­erns the inter­net?” address­es those who want to get an ini­tial overview of the topic of inter­net gov­er­nance; but it also sets out the cur­rent state of debates, so that expe­ri­enced inter­net users can get up to speed on the lat­est devel­op­ments.

The many fields of inter­net reg­u­la­tion are diverse and com­plex – and they relate to infra­struc­ture and col­lab­o­ra­tion in devel­op­ment, human and civil rights, secu­ri­ty pol­i­cy and the devel­op­ment of leg­is­la­tion. As Johan­na Niesy­to, Head of Media Pol­i­cy at the Friedrich Ebert Foun­da­tion, sums up in her fore­word: “The stakes are high in today’s dig­i­tal soci­ety. Equi­table access to the inter­net; human and civil rights; the right to social, cul­tur­al, and eco­nom­ic par­tic­i­pa­tion; fair trade; and ensur­ing that the ‘net of nets’ is work­ing smooth­ly and secure­ly at all times”.

The brochure’s focus is on the fol­low­ing key ques­tions which this ongo­ing process is attempt­ing to answer:

  • How can online civil lib­er­ties best be safe­guard­ed for all?
  • What should glob­al online trade look like?
  • Who is work­ing to ensure that the tech­ni­cal infra­struc­ture of the inter­net will keep run­ning smooth­ly in the future?

In order that every­one can con­tin­ue to have equal access to the inter­net, its devel­op­ment can­not stand still, but it has to be con­stant­ly encour­aged in light of these cen­tral ques­tions.

You can down­load the brochure here for free (PDF, ~5 MB).