ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Evolving a New Internet Governance Paradigm

The Edward Snowden revelations on pervasive and dragnet surveillance over the internet by the US National Security Agency (and other allied security agencies) - coupled with the nature of control the US exerts over the internet and telecommunications the world over - make it imperative that there is a new international framework to govern the internet.

This article examines the present state of the internet – its governance structures, economics and architecture – in light of the US security contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations that lay bare the extent to which the US controls the internet and its ecosystem. Given that the internet now forms an essential part of the world’s communications and commercial infrastructure, there is an urgent need to formulate a binding international framework to delineate rights and obligations inter se states as well as between states and individuals in order to ensure that the internet is used as a tool to promote peaceful exchange of information for the progress of humankind.

Cyber Security and Privacy

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