Internet Governance

Cyber Sovereignty and the Future of the Internet and Digital Rights

October 30, 2023

This paper aims to clarify the meaning of cyber sovereignty and explain the reasons for its emergence and the objectives of its advocates. The paper also seeks to elucidate the effects of implementing cyber sovereignty policies on the future of the Internet and its governance system, including its protocols, independent institutions with roles in its administration, and the governance system based on the principle of multi-stakeholders.

Quantum Computers: Ethical Dilemmas and Human Rights Challenges

September 4, 2023

This paper delves into the intricate intersection of quantum computing, ethical considerations, and human rights challenges. By exploring the evolving technological landscape, the paper seeks to elucidate the potential risks of quantum computing’s rise and underscore the paramount importance of maintaining a balance between technological advancement and preserving individual rights. The paper also discusses the ethical dimensions and potential perils of quantum computing to pave the way for proactive measures to uphold human rights in a dynamic digital era.

Open Government: Empowering Society through Transparency and Participation

August 7, 2023

This paper seeks to provide a detailed definition of the concept of open government and the benefits that can be gained by society, its individuals and its various institutions by its application, the obstacles that prevent this, and the available ways to overcome them. The paper also presents models of pioneering practical initiatives in the field of applying the principle of open government in both the United States and the European Union in order to draw lessons learned from these two experiences. Finally, the paper deals with the Egyptian status quo and the obstacles to achieving the principle of open government in its context.

The Digital Services Act: Obligations and Impacts on Online Service Providers

April 10, 2023

This paper seeks to provide a comprehensive introduction as possible to the Digital Service Act, its road through a process that took 3.5 years till it finally got officially into force on November 16, 2022, its objectives, most important rules, obligations it sets for service providers, new mechanisms and bodies created for its implementation, and the new realities it is expected to create and their impacts on people living outside the EU.

Internet Governance (5): Human Rights and Internet Governance

April 3, 2023

This paper amis to provide an overview of how human rights are related to Internet Governance. It explores how the two major actors in the field of Internet Governance, nation-states and private sector companies, use the tools at their disposal to preserve their interests and maximize their gains, often at the expense of the human rights of their citizens and clients, respectively.

Internet Governance (4): Cybersecurity and Internet Governance

March 14, 2023

This paper soughts to provide starting points that highlight the great expansion of the Cybersecurity field, the threat of Internet Governance becoming swallowed into it, and the direct threats for Internet users due to incorporating it into the national security paradigms of nation-states.

Internet Governance (3): Law and Internet Governance

January 9, 2023

In the third part of the Internet Governance series, we discuss law and internet governance.

Internet Governance (2): Governance by Infrastructure

July 25, 2022

Internet Critical Resources (ICRs) might be the most important and the hottest areas of contestation in Internet Governance. To appreciate the importance of ICRs, and thus understand the causes of the fierce struggles around their governance, let’s first have a clear idea of what they are.

How Do Blockchain Applications Affect Human Rights?

July 18, 2022

Blockchain technology has increasingly become common and popular because it allows for scalable, inexpensive, and secure data management. It also enables users to develop smart contracts which can substitute traditional agreements. While blockchain was first developed in 1991, its development has provided it with the capacity to digitalize a whole government