The Four Internets of COVID-19: the digital-political responses to COVID-19 and what this means for the post-crisis Internet

Kelsie Nabban, Marta Poblet, Paul Gardner-Stephen

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Abstract

Digital responses around the world to the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the acceleration in Internet governance trend towards authoritarianism in the digital-political responses to crisis and false trade-off decisions made by governments between privacy and public health. This paper investigates the digital-political responses to COVID-19 in the global contexts of ‘four internets’; the authoritarian Internet, the bourgeois European Internet, the commercial American Internet, and the propaganda Internet of state and non-state actors. We then explore the possible responses to the post-COVID-19 Internet, as well as the implications of geo-political Internet trends for crisis response groups and organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2020
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-7388-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-7389-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2020
Event2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) - (Virtual), Seattle, United States
Duration: 29 Oct 20201 Nov 2020
Conference number: 10th
https://ieeeghtc.org/program/

Publication series

Name2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Abbreviated titleIEEE-GHTC 2020
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period29/10/201/11/20
OtherThe 10th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2020) is an international flagship conference sharing practical technology enabled solutions addressing the needs of underserved populations and resource constrained environments around the world and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).
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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Privacy
  • Pandemics
  • Government
  • Market research
  • Internet
  • public healthcare
  • Crisis response strategies
  • Humanitarian technology
  • Surveillance
  • Internet governance
  • Internet-governance
  • crisis response
  • privacy
  • design
  • humanitarian technology
  • surveillance
  • policy

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