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The Global War for Internet Governance$
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Laura DeNardis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181357

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181357.001.0001

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The Dark Arts of Internet Governance

The Dark Arts of Internet Governance

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(p.199) Chapter Nine The Dark Arts of Internet Governance
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The Global War for Internet Governance
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Laura Denardis

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300181357.003.0009

This chapter examines four controversial technological approaches related to Internet governance. These are (i) deep packet inspection, a traffic engineering technique in which the content of packets sent over the Internet is inspected, analyzed, and factored into a variety of possible decision processes; (ii) kill-switch approaches that sever connectivity; (iii) delegated censorship in which governments turn directly to private information intermediaries to block or filter information; and (iv) distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, in which multiple, unwitting computers collectively flood a targeted computer with so many requests that it becomes inaccessible for use. DDoS attacks create a great deal of collateral damage to human rights and freedom of expression.

Keywords:   deep packet inspection, kill-switch techniques, delegated censorship, denial of service

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