Francesca Musiani: Reinventing the Internet’s Phone Book?

GigaNet, IO Impotency
Francesca Musiani
Francesca Musiani

May 31, 2013

Dr. Francesca Musiani, ISD’s Yahoo! Fellow, hosted an all-day conference on Internet governance and infrastructure on Friday, April 19, 2013 in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, the Yahoo! Fund on Communication Technology, International Values, and the Global Internet, American University’s School of International Service, and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

The “invisible” infrastructures of the Internet’s lower layers – addresses, protocols, domain names – are increasingly used to serve political objectives different from the purpose they were initially designed for. Are we currently experiencing a “turn to infrastructure” for Internet governance?

This conference explored the political, social and technical implications of this recent tendency, by focusing on a particularly controversial aspect of Internet infrastructure: the Domain Name System, the Internet’s “phone book.”

A full conference report and summary is available here.