What is Net Neutrality and Why does it Matter?

On 14 December 2017, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) effectively reneged on its own 2015 Open Internet Order, which was devised to allow open and fair access to the internet.

In Europe, Net Neutrality is currently protected by EU policy 2015-2120 in support of a digital single market.

In this short but illustrative video, BBC explain the concept of Net Neutrality and some implications of its repeal for the Internet and Internet users.

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Cyber Influence Ops: The Case of Cambridge Analytica

Excerpt from Christopher Wylie’s interview:

“Instead of standing in the public square and saying what you think and then letting people come and listen to you and have that shared experience about what your narrative is. You are whispering into the ear of each and every voter and maybe whispering one thing to this voter and another thing to another voter. We risk fragmenting society in a way where we don’t have any shared experiences and we don’t have any shared understanding. If we don’t have any shared understanding how can we be a functioning society?

Revista Española de Estudios Norteamericanos

I am glad to say that I have been invited to be a member of the editorial board of REDEN (Revista Española de Estudios Norteamericanos) a peer-reviewed academic journal published in English by the Instituto Franklin at the University of Alcala’ de Henares, Spain.

Here is the full list of the names of the members of the board:

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Economic Clout 2018

It is reasonable to say that the World Economic Forum (WEF) is an international summit featuring the most influential actors in the global economy.

If this is in fact the case, then the number of national delegates taking part in WEF discussions can be seen as a proxy for a state’s current economic clout.

Here is an image describing the number of national delegates who took part at the recent WEF summit in Davos:

 

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Two data catch the eye:

a) the United States (782) is by far the most represented country followed by the UK (259), Switzerland (229), and China (120)

b) Western Europe and the United States form the biggest bloc of countries, having approximately more than half the delegates of all the other regions of the world combined

If the assumption about the role of national delegates as a proxy for economic clout is correct then it should be clear where the center of power in the global economy lies.

But is this really the case? Or is national representation at the WEF misleading?