The governance of the internet has gained a central role in global politics. International cooperation is increasingly mobilized to ensure that the expansion of connectivity infrastructure, digital services and their usages also safeguards security, human rights, and economic benefits. The field is truly transnational, including a vibrant stakeholder community that plays an active role in building sustainable ‘digital sovereignty’. Over the past decade, novel diplomatic practices have been adopted in negotiating technical standards, norms, regulations, and policies in the intersection of national and global priorities.
This book defines this novel tool for diplomatic dialogue as Internet Diplomacy, a concept that entails the broad range of emerging international practices clustered around digital environments, including cybersecurity and internet governance. In broadening our view of diplomacy in the digital age, the book includes a comprehensive collection of contributions and cases addressing Internet Diplomacy. Collectively, it expands our understanding of transformations in international diplomacy and transnational digital governance, their drivers and their nature, their capacity to challenge power relations, and, ultimately, the values they carry and channel onto the global scene.
Meryem Marzouki is senior academic researcher in political science at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
Andrea Calderaro is senior lecturer in international relations and Director of the Centre for Internet and Global Politics at Cardiff University.
Introduction - Global Internet Governance: an Uncharted Diplomacy Terrain?, Meryem Marzouki and Andrea Calderaro
Part I: Internet Governance as a Diplomacy Issue
Chapter 1 - Undiplomatic Ties: When Internet Blocks Intermediation, Yves Schemeil
Chapter 2 - Diplomacy and Internet Governance: a conceptual re-assessment, Katharina Höne
Chapter 3 - Discourse Coalitions in Internet Governance: Shaping Global Policy by Narratives and Definitions, Mauro Santaniello and Nicola Palladino
Part II: Internet Governance as a Science Diplomacy Area
Chapter 4 - Science Diplomacy and Internet Governance: Opportunities and Pitfalls, Robin Mansell
Chapter 5 - Crafting Science Diplomacy In Comparative Perspective: The Case of U.S. Internet Governance, Nanette S. Levinson
Chapter 6 - Modes of Internet Governance as Science Diplomacy: What Might the EU Learn from the US Cyber Security Policy?, Francesco Amoretti and Domenico Fracchiolla
Part III: Case Studies of Internet Governance Diplomacy
Chapter 7 - Trade Agreements and Internet Governance: Data Flow and Politics in the TiSA’s Governmental Rationality, Maria Francesca De Tullio and Giuseppe Micciarelli
Chapter 8 - National Sovereignty, Global Policy, and the Liberalization of Telecommunications Markets, Claire Peters
Chapter 9 - In this bright future you can’t forget your past: debating the ‘right to be forgotten’ in Latin America, Jean-Marie Chenou
Chapter 10 - Policy diffusion and Internet governance: reflections on copyright and privacy, Krisztina Rozgonyi and Katharine Sarikakis
Digital infrastructure transcends sovereign boundaries and has become a new space for all manner of global conflict. This thought-provoking, insightful book explains how these Internet governance concerns require a new paradigm of diplomacy—Internet Diplomacy—with high stakes for global politics and the future of the Internet itself.
A most welcome exploration of new diplomatic practices in transnational politics. World-leading scholars of Internet governance combine rich empirical studies with broader analytical insights and normative reflections.
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