Who Governs the Internet? A Political Architecture
There remains a widespread perception among both the public and elements of academia that the Internet is “ungovernable”. However, this idea, as well as the notion that the Internet has become some type of cyber-libertarian utopia, is wholly inaccurate. Governments may certainly encounter tremendous difficulty in attempting to regulate the Internet, but numerous types of authority have nevertheless become pervasive. So who, then, governs the Internet? This book will contend that the Internet is, in fact, being governed, that it is being governed by specific and identifiable networks of policy actors, and that an argument can be made as to how it is being governed.
This book will present a new conceptual framework for analysis that deconstructs the Internet into four policy “layers” with the aim of formulating a new political architecture that accurately maps out and depicts authority on the Internet today. Foremost, it will seek to draw a distinction between those actors who have a demonstrable policymaking authority versus those who merely wield influence. The book will then apply this four-layer model to an analysis of U.S. national cybersecurity policy, post-9/11. Ultimately, it will seek to determine the consequences of these political arrangements and governance policies.
I have had the privilege to work at these fine institutions:
Computer Science, Business
Graduate Teaching Fellow
Publications / Conferences:
Who Governs the Internet? A Political Architecture. Peer-reviewed book published by Lexington Books, 2015.
“Hacktivism and Distributed Hashtag Spoiling: Tales of the #IranTalks”. Submitted for publication in First Monday. Co-authored with Mahdi M. Najafabadi. October 2017.
Organizing Co-Chair for the Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, organized by the Digital Government Society. June 2017.
Book Review for Binary Bullets: The Ethics of Cyberwarfare in P.S.: Political Science and Politics. May 2017.
“WiTNY: A Programmatic Approach Driving Gender Equity in Computer Science”. Discussant Panelist. CUNY Information Technology Conference. December 2, 2016.
“When Bitcoin Begets BitLicense: The New Challenges of Regulatory Policymaking when ‘Code is Law’”. Presented at the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference. September 2016.
“Game-Maker Games and Their Discontents”. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC). May 27, 2015.
"'The Permanent Professor': How the Long-Term Use of Social Media Transforms the Professor-Student Relationship”. Presented at the American Political Science Association Teaching & Learning Conference (APSA-TLC). January 17, 2015.
“Isn’t Anything Private Anymore?”. Discussant Panelist. Annual Conference of the American Political Science Association (APSA). September 4, 2011.
“Defining the Public Interest: The Communications Act of 1934 and Its Effect on the Net Neutrality Debate”. Presented at the conference, 1935: The Reality and the Promise. Hofstra University. April 7, 2011.
“It's Cloud's Illusions I Recall, I Really Don't Know Clouds At All”. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG). December 7, 2009.
“Hacktivism! The Convergence of Political Activism and Computer Hacking”. Presented at the Graduate Student Political Science Conference. December 4, 2009.
“Writing Right: Teaching Writing Conventions Specific to a Discipline”. Presented at the conference, WAC Professional Development Day: Writing in the Disciplines. November 20, 2009.
“Trust Me, It's Good for You: Identifying and Addressing Writing Needs and Forming Course Partnerships”. Presented at the conference, Tracing Connections: Writing Across the Curriculum. April 24, 2009.
“Who Governs the Internet? The Policies, Institutions, and Governance of Cyberspace”. Presented at the CUNY Graduate Student Political Science Conference. March 2008.
“Directing the Stream: Using Web 2.0 Technologies for Marketing and Performance”. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG). December 2007.
"Personal Technologies: What's Applicable in the Workspace?" Presented at the Annual Conference of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG). December 2006.
“The Configuration and Deployment of Residential Web Servers”. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG). December 2004.