Natasha Tusikov: Chokepoints – Internet Platforms as Global Regulators

In her talk, Natasha Tusikov (York University, Canada) considers the ways in which non-state actors rely upon the state to facilitate or legitimize their regulatory efforts and explores the state’s interests in furthering certain types of non-state regulation.

Ort: Weizenbaum-Institut, Hardenbergstraße 32, 10623 Berlin


Zeit: Mittwoch, 22. Mai 2019 16:00 Uhr


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With the Cambridge Analytica scandal, global attention has focused on the surveillance-capitalist businesses of internet platforms. Those with large, global operations, such as Google, PayPal, eBay and the China-based Alibaba, have a considerable capacity to make and enforce rules for their services that can affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Given their sophisticated surveillance programs, these platforms are important regulators for states and, increasingly, for corporations, particularly in relation to the protection of intellectual property.

In this presentation Natasha Tusikov considers the ways in which non-state actors rely upon the state to facilitate or legitimize their regulatory efforts and explores the state’s interests in furthering certain types of non-state regulation. She examines a series of informal enforcement agreements that Internet firms adopted at the behest of the U.S. government and European Commission. These secretly negotiated agreements are fundamentally reshaping regulatory efforts against the online distribution of counterfeit goods and fundamentally affecting internet governance.

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