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Internet Policy Principles

Class Title: 1.4 Internet Policy Principle  

Class Description:

This module focuses on the basic principles that form Internet policy. It begins with basic regulatory theory as applicable to the Internet.  Since this is an introductory session, we will work with Lessig’s four factors for this and build them into a discussion of how law, social norms, markets and architecture influence behavior online. The class will be interactive and students will be encouraged to come up with their own analogies, and to work with case studies to identify the factors that might influence behavior.


The module will also touch briefly upon global internet governance, treating it as a work in progress. Major institutions, issues and debates will be outlined in this context. To illustrate the difference between global and local internet policy, the class will be encouraged to come up with crowd sourced-examples of local/ domestic governance of the internet. Time-permitting, the list will be used to explain concepts like first order and second order regulation of behaviour online.

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Speaker's Bio: 

Chinmayi Arun is Executive Director of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, where she is also an Assistant Professor of Law.  She is a member of the Indian Government's multi stakeholder advisory group for the India Internet Governance Forum and has been a consultant to the Law Commission of India. She is also a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University.

Chinmayi has published academic papers on surveillance and the right to privacy in India, and on information gatekeeper liability in the context of internet intermediaries. She is lead author of the India country report in Freedom House's Freedom on the Net report for 2014 and 2015, and of the India report in the Global Network of Centres' study of online intermediaries. 

Chinmayi has studied at the NALSAR University of Law, and London School of Economics and Political Science. At the LSE, she read regulatory theory and new media regulation, and was awarded the Bernard Levin Award for Student Journalism. She has worked with Ernst & Young and AZB & Partners, Mumbai in the past, and has taught at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences where she introduced courses on regulatory theory and communication regulation. She teaches courses on information policy and Internet Governance at National Law University Delhi.


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