Research articles on Governance

Bitcoin is the first decentralised, peer-to-peer network that allows for the proof and transfer of ownership of virtual currencies without the need for a trusted third party. The purpose of this article is to address how we can capture Bitcoin’s potential benefits for the economy while addressing new regulatory challenges.

NETmundial: only a landmark event if 'Digital Cold War' rhetoric abandoned


Francesca Musiani, MINES ParisTech
Julia Pohle, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
PUBLISHED ON: 27 Mar 2014 DOI: 10.14763/2014.1.251

The dominant narrative about the governance of the internet in media and with high-level policymakers is misleading. Researchers Francesca Musiani and Julia Pohle explain what stands in the way of genuine multistakeholder internet governance as all eyes are turning towards Brazil and its NETmundial meeting.

New global top-level domain names: Europe, the challenger


Francesca Musiani, MINES ParisTech
PUBLISHED ON: 06 Jun 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.2.134

gTLDs are the highest level of domain names in the domain name system, including .com, .net and .org; their number has been restricted to twenty-two for several years. This will change, as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - the organisation responsible for managing and coordinating the system - rolls out a new gTLDs

Taxing the cloud: introducing a new taxation system on data collection?


Primavera De Filippi, Research and Studies Center of Administrative Science (CERSA/CNRS), Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
PUBLISHED ON: 01 May 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.2.124

Tax avoidance has become a widespread practice on the internet. Online operators easily circumvent an aging taxation scheme that is designed around the concept of territorial jurisdiction and geographical settings. The French government now commissioned a study to find out how to effectively deal with internet giants that generate hardly any

Internet filtering trends in liberal democracies: French and German regulatory debates


Joss Wright, Oxford Internet Institute
Yana Breindl, Georg-August Universität Göttingen
PUBLISHED ON: 26 Apr 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.2.122

Liberal democracies are increasingly considering internet filtering as a means to assert state control over online information exchanges. A variety of filtering techniques have been implemented in Western states to prevent access to certain content deemed harmful. This development poses a series of democratic and ethical questions, particularly

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