CLBR #156: Eric Jardine on Internet Governance and Mid-Term Elections

Reimaging the Internet with Eric Jardine

We discuss internet governance with Eric Jardine of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Toronto.  Eric is one of the publishers of CIGI’s blog Reimaging The Internet which discusses current events, trends and challenges in the realm of Internet governance.  CIGI is a participant in the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

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CIGI: Organized Chaos: Reimagining the Internet

Historically, Internet governance has been accomplished en passant. It has emerged largely from the actions of computer scientists and engineers, in interaction with domestic legal and regulatory systems. Beginning at least with the 2003–2005 World Summit on the Information Society process, however, there has been an explicit rule-making agenda at the international level. This strategic agenda is increasingly driven by a coalition of states — including Russia, China and the Arab states — that is organized and has a clear, more state-controlled and monetary vision for the Internet.  Advanced industrial democracies and other states committed to existing multi-stakeholder mechanisms have a different view — they regard Internet governance as important, but generally lack coherent strategies for Internet governance — especially at the international level. Given the Internet’s constant evolution and its economic, political and social importance as a public good, this situation is clearly untenable.

A coherent strategy is needed to ensure that difficult trade-offs between competing interests, as well as between distinct public values, are managed in a consistent, transparent and accountable manner that accurately reflects public priorities. Guided by these considerations, CIGI researchers believe they can play a constructive role in creating a strategy for states committed to multi-stakeholder models of Internet governance.

In aiming to develop this strategy, the project members will consider what kind of Internet the world wants in 2020, and will lay the analytical groundwork for future Internet governance discussions that consider the pros and cons of a variety of governance models. This project was launched in 2012.

About CIGI

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank focused on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events andpublications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world.

CIGI’s research programs focus on: global economy, global security & politics and international law. Founded in 2001, CIGI collaborates with several research affiliates and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of funding partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

cigi2About Eric Jardine

Eric Jardine joined CIGI as a research fellow in May 2014. In this role, he contributes to CIGI’s work on Internet governance, including the CIGI–Chatham House sponsored Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Eric holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Calgary, and an M.A. in political science from Carleton University. He also holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

Eric has taught a number of courses at Carlton University, St. Paul’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada. During his doctoral studies, he published extensively on various aspects of insurgency and counterinsurgency. His articles have appeared in a number of peer-reviewed and policy journals, including Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism,Journal of Strategic Studies, Civil Wars, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Joint Force Quarterly andParameters, among others.

Eric’s current research focuses on war weariness and conflict outcome as well as cyber security, cyber terrorism, cyber protest and the like. While working on a number of projects in these areas, he is also currently turning his dissertation research, entitled, The Insurgent’s Dilemma, into a book manuscript.

Selected Publications

  1. Jardine, Eric and Simon Palamar (forthcoming 2014). “Numerous, Capable and Well-Funded Rebels: Insurgent Military Effectiveness and Deadly Attacks in Afghanistan,” in Terrorism and Political Violence.
  2. Jardine, Eric (2013). “Indigenous Security Forces, Counterinsurgent Control, and Green-on-Blue Attacks: Explaining Why ‘Insider’ Violence has Risen in Afghanistan,” in Joint Force Quarterly71.
  3. Jardine, Eric and Simon Palamar (2013). “From Medusa Past Kantolo: Assessing the Effectiveness of Canada’s Enemy-Centric and Population-Centric Counterinsurgency Strategies,” in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 36, no.7.
  4. Jardine, Eric (2012). “The Tacit Evolution of Coordination and Strategic Outcomes: Evidence from the Soviet War in Afghanistan,” Journal of Strategic Studies 35, no.4.
  5. Jardine, Eric (2012). “Population-Centric Counterinsurgency and the Movement of Peoples,” inSmall Wars & Insurgencies 23, no.2.

In the News

  1. Why global efforts to combat cybercrime are so difficult, Drew Robb, Tech Page One, August 19, 2014

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