One conception of the Internet -- and rapidly-changing technology in general -- is to claim that it is beyond effective regulation, because its effects are not constrained by borders. No legal system has formal jurisdiction over the global Internet, and the Internet has appeared to be resistant to any institution or state asserting its control.
This is changing. In the last few years, national and supra-national governments have asserted not only their right to manage and govern the use and spread of technology, but to enforce those laws beyond their own borders.
Danny O'Brien, International Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will take a look at Australia's new anti-encryption law, the EU's GDPR and Article 13 and 11 of the proposed Copyright Directive, and cases from Russia and Brazil to France and Canada and the United States where governments have sought to control the global Internet -- with greater or lesser levels of success. We'll also look at how this might change the assumptions around innovation and research, and how new technologies emerge into the wider world.