Who should control the Internet and why you should care

There’s a complicated battle brewing over who controls the Internet. And according to a leading expert, an Internet controlled by governments is not a good idea.

“Moving to an intergovernmental body would really represent a shift in how the internet is run,” says American University’s Laura DeNardis. “It has always been a very fast-paced innovative environment. It’s very important that that continue.”

DeNardis, a renowned author on Internet governance and architecture, has been featured in media outlets including Science magazine, the New York Times and the Economist.

She favors the current model, by which private industry, civil society and government stakeholders run the Internet “ecosystem.” No one person, country, company or entity is in charge.

This “multistakeholder” model boosts efficiency, innovation and freedom, according to DeNardis.

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