Who governs the Internet?

Today,  we  are  all  connected  to  the whole world via the click of a mouse. In nearly every area of our lives, we rely on  the  internet.  However,  alongside the  countless  advantages  it  offers,  the internet  creates  almost  as  many  challenges for society - in different ways and to  different  extents,  depending  on  the country concerned.

One thing, however, holds true everywhere: the internet does not evolve of its own accord, and it does not  automatically  provide  a  space  for  citizens to express themselves freely. In order  for  it  to  function  properly  in  the  technical  sense,  as  well  politically  and  socially, human intervention and direction is needed. The internet must be regulated, administrated, and governed.

Authors: Henning Lahmann, Philipp Otto, Valie Djordjevic, Jana Maire
© 2017 Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; Published by: Abteilung Politische Akademie

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