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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

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

Laura Denardis

Yale University Press

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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