IA094 | Autumn | 3 ECTS

Internet Governance and Economics

Mondays 16:15-18:00 from 21 September to 2nd November The impact of the Internet is growing in breadth and depth, fostering innovative new companies, transforming traditional industries, reshaping government interactions, and increasing opportunities for social inclusion. There was perhaps no better illustration than the increased reliance on the Internet during the COVID-19 crisis. At the same time, there is increasing friction between free services and privacy, data protection and security, automation and jobs, sharing and copyright enforcement, freedom of expression and content regulation, sovereignty and globalisation. Yet, no one entity is responsible for ownership, development, or regulation of the Internet, with the ability to govern or regulate the outcomes of these conflicting forces. The course will introduce a number of unique aspects about Internet economics and governance. The Internet challenges existing models of economic behaviour and markets, with an important impact on policy. The development of Internet standards also has a unique model that differs from standard-setting in other sectors. Finally, the course will focus on the multi-stakeholder model that governs the Internet, and how the different stakeholders impact the outcome of critical policy questions. To better understand the forces shaping the Internet, we will examine a number of current international challenges including the role of the Internet in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, how to understand privacy issues and increased cybersecurity threats, the challenges of fake news and disinformation, and the concerns over growing market power in the industry. The impact of the Internet on the COVID-19 crisis, and of the crisis on the Internet, will help to illustrate many of these points