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The Contract for the Web: The newest manifestation of digital constitutionalism?

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is intended to bring together the multistakeholder community to talk about the current and the future Internet. It is distinctly not supposed to bring about agreements that bind these actors to certain norms. Disregarding this custom, the Contract for the Web (Contract) was launched on November 25, 2019 on “Day Zero” of this year’s IGF in Berlin. Whether the Contract will turn out to be …

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A tale of two foundational orders

How international law and Internet governance protect the future of (us on) the Internet

The Internet – as a global technological facility enabling information and communication creation and exchange – has become an object of regulation by international law. But more than that: the Internet’s security, stability, robustness, resilience and functionality (its integrity) has crystallized into a global common interest. Internet integrity has become essential for the effective administration for all private and statal critical infrastructural resources. States are not able to regulate through …

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Three eras of digital governance

To understand where digital governance is going, we must take stock of where it’s been, because the timbre of mainstream thinking around digital governance today is dramatically different than it was when study of “Internet governance” coalesced in the late 1990s. Perhaps the most obvious change has been from emphasizing networked technologies’ positive effects and promise – couched around concepts like connectivity, innovation, and, by this author, “generativity” – to …

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Free speech in the age of online content moderation

Content moderation is not a novelty in the media sector. As content providers, traditional media outlets like televisions and newspaper have always selected the information to broadcast or disclose. Nevertheless, when social media companies are involved in this activity, content moderation raises serious concerns. In the last years, the digital environment has been playing a crucial role in promoting the sharing of opinion and ideas on a global scale. Nevertheless, …

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Ein globaler „Dauerbrenner“

Der Umgang mit Hate Speech auf Online-Plattformen

Hate Speech umgrenzen, verstehen und bekämpfen – ein weiterhin aktuelles Thema im Kontext von Online-Kommunikation. Das Thema ist demzufolge auf dem Internet Governance Forum gut aufgehoben, denn es betrifft alle globalen Kommunikationsdienste und alle Rechtsordnungen, wenn auch auf unterschiedliche Art und Weise. Doch der Umgang mit Hate Speech und die Gegenmaßnahmen zeigen bisher wenig Wirkung. Ein mehrversprechender Ansatz wäre, sich mit der Verantwortung von Plattformen zu beschäftigen, ohne sie zwangsläufig …

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Thoughts on ‘one World, one Net, one Vision’

Joint Symposium on the Internet Governance Forum 2019 of the United Nations

That the Internet is more than a global infrastructure is old news. But the changes and challenges to our global understanding of territorial boarders, governance, sovereignty and communication are still ongoing and many questions still remain unanswered or unconsidered. The Internet is subject to diverse developments and has many challenges in store for the law. The Internet Governance Forum With the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in …

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