The Design of the Internet’s Architecture by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Human Rights

  title={The Design of the Internet’s Architecture by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Human Rights},
  author={Corinne Cath and L. Floridi},
  journal={Science and Engineering Ethics},
  • C. Cath, L. Floridi
  • Published 6 February 2017
  • Computer Science
  • Science and Engineering Ethics
The debate on whether and how the Internet can protect and foster human rights has become a defining issue of our time. This debate often focuses on Internet governance from a regulatory perspective, underestimating the influence and power of the governance of the Internet’s architecture. The technical decisions made by Internet Standard Developing Organisations (SDOs) that build and maintain the technical infrastructure of the Internet influences how information flows. They rearrange the shape… 

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