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Sovereignty in International Law – How the Internet (Maybe) Changed Everything, but Not for Long
Sovereignty in International Law – How the Internet (Maybe) Changed Everything, but Not for Long

Author(s): Dan Svantesson
Subject(s): International Law, Governance, Political Essay, ICT Information and Communications Technologies
Published by: Masarykova univerzita

Summary/Abstract: More than once has the concept of sovereignty been declared as passé, obsolete unworkable or even dead, due to societal or technological developments. This article focuses on the extent to which the Internet has challenged, and continues to challenge, the concept of sovereignty. Focusing on sovereignty in the context of control over Internet conduct, it seeks to demonstrate that, while the Internet has challenged sovereignty to a degree, geo-location – the identification of the geographical location of Internet users – is a ‘game-changer’ re-emphasising the significance of geography and implicitly the significance of (territorial) sovereignty.

  • Issue Year: 8/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 137-155
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English