Anupam Chander is the Director of the California International Law Center and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar. His research interests are, among others, Cyberlaw, Intellectual Property and Public International Law. Anupam recently published his book “The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce”, which focuses on today’s electronic Silk Road and how the legal infrastructure for a global network can be designed.
Breaking the Web: Data Localization vs. The Global Internet
Anupam will present his paper “Breaking the Web: Data Localization vs. The Global Internet”, which is available on the Social Science Research Network. The paper addresses the intention of governments to increase control over the World Wide Web.
A BRICS Internet, the Euro Cloud, the Iranian Internet. Governments across the world eager to increase control over the World Wide Web are tearing it apart. Iran seeks to develop an Internet free of Western influences or domestic dissent. The Australian government places restrictions on health data leaving the country. South Korea requires mapping data to be stored domestically. Vietnam insists on a local copy of all Vietnamese data. The nations of the world are erecting Schengen zones for data, undermining the possibility of global services. The last century’s non-tariff barriers to goods have reappeared as firewalls blocking international data flows.
Data localization requirements threaten the major new advances in information technology — not only cloud computing, but also the promise of big data and the Internet of Things. Equally important, data localization requirements undermine social, economic and civil rights by eroding the ability of consumers and businesses to benefit from access to both knowledge and international markets and by giving governments greater control over local information. Legitimate global anxieties over surveillance and security are justifying governmental measures that break apart the World Wide Web, without enhancing either privacy or security.
The Journal Club is a weekly event at the HIIG where our researchers discuss interesting publications. Every once in a while, the Journal Club opens for a wider audience and becomes an Open Journal Club. You are welcome to join the Open Journal Club on 5 May 2014, 5pm.