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Internet Diplomacy: Shaping the Global Politics of Cyberspace

The book Internet Diplomacy: Shaping the Global Politics of Cyberspace, edited by Meryem Marzouki and Andrea Calderaro, is available online and in print. It features contributions from ICPC members Francesco Amoretti, Domenico Fracchiola, Mauro Santaniello and Nicola Palladino. Professors Amoretti and Fracchiola with the chapter entitled “Modes of Internet Governance as Science Diplomacy: What Might the EU learn from the US Cybersecurity Policy?”, while Professors Santaniello and Palladino with the chapter entitled “Discourse Coalitions in Internet Governance: Shaping Global Policy by Narratives and Definitions”:


The governance of the internet has gained a central role in global politics. International cooperation is increasingly mobilized to ensure that the expansion of connectivity infrastructure, digital services and their usages also safeguards security, human rights, and economic benefits. The field is truly transnational, including a vibrant stakeholder community that plays an active role in building sustainable ‘digital sovereignty’. Over the past decade, novel diplomatic practices have been adopted in negotiating technical standards, norms, regulations, and policies in the intersection of national and global priorities.

This book defines this novel tool for diplomatic dialogue as Internet Diplomacy, a concept that entails the broad range of emerging international practices clustered around digital environments, including cybersecurity and internet governance. In broadening our view of diplomacy in the digital age, the book includes a comprehensive collection of contributions and cases addressing Internet Diplomacy. Collectively, it expands our understanding of transformations in international diplomacy and transnational digital governance, their drivers and their nature, their capacity to challenge power relations, and, ultimately, the values they carry and channel onto the global scene.

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