New Rice University Paper Chronicles Impact of the Internet on U.S. Foreign Policy
We all know that the Internet has transformed the way that the United States conducts diplomacy, and the way that it views national security, but where should we look to find evidence of this?
This is the wide-ranging subject matter of a new paper published on Tuesday by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The paper provides a round-up of some of the major turns of events between 2005 and 2011 in the realms of Internet governance, the development of online public diplomacy at the State Department, the evolution of the Internet-fueled Arab Spring, and the establishment of the shadowy U.S. Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland, among other things.
The paper, authored by Baker Institute Fellow Christopher Bronk, covers a lot of ground, and doesn’t quite tie all the pieces together, but it does offer a useful point of reference in the sprawling topic area of “international Internet governance policy.”