- School of Public Policy
Milton Mueller is an internationally prominent scholar specializing in the political economy of information and communication. The author of seven books and scores of journal articles, his work informs not only public policy but also science and technology studies, law, economics, communications, and international studies. His books Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press, 2010) and Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002) are acclaimed scholarly accounts of the global governance regime emerging around the Internet. Mueller’s research employs the theoretical tools of institutional economics, STS and political economy, as well as historical, qualitative and quantitative methods.
Dr. Mueller’s prominence in scholarship is matched by his prominence in policy practice. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Internet Governance Project (IGP), a policy analysis center for global Internet governance. Since its founding in 2004, IGP has played a prominent role in shaping global Internet policies and institutions such as ICANN and the Internet Governance Forum. He has participated in proceedings and policy development activities of ICANN, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and regulatory proceedings in the European Commission, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He has served as an expert witness in prominent legal cases related to domain names and telecommunication policy. He was elected to the Advisory Committee of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) from 2013-2016, and appointed in 2014 to the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group. Dr. Mueller has also been a practical institution-builder in the scholarly world, where he led the creation of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), an international association of scholars.
- The Internet Governance Project
Founded in 2004, the Internet Governance Project (IGP) has grown to be a leading source of analysis of global Internet policy and Internet resource management that is widely read by governments, industry and civil society organizations. IGP both researches and analyzes global Internet policy issues on our blog and in our publications.
- Beyond Technical Solutions: Understanding the Role of Governance Structures in Internet Routing Security
This project is based on the premise that organizational and institutional factors – known as governance structures in institutional economics – are as important to Internet routing security as technological design. The research will investigate the institutional and organizational arrangements among ISPs that affect routing. The study will also test and extend social science theories about the performance of complex, networked forms of governance.
- Economic History
- Economics of Telecommunications Networks
- Emerging Technology and Security
- Information Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection
- Information and Communications Technology Policy
- Political Economy
- International Communication
- PUBP-3020: Applied Political Econ
- PUBP-4651: Public Policy Internship
- PUBP-4803: Special Topics
- PUBP-4823: Special Topics
- PUBP-6502: IT/Comm/Telecom Policy
- PUBP-6725: Info Security Policies
- PUBP-8823: Special Topics
- Will the Internet Fragment? Sovereignty, globalization and cyberspace
Book – 2017The Internet has united the world as never before. But is it in danger of breaking apart? Cybersecurity, geopolitical tensions, and calls for data sovereignty have made many believe that the Internet is fragmenting. In this incisive new book, Milton Mueller argues that the ‘fragmentation’ diagnosis misses the mark. The network effects and economic benefits of global compatibility are so powerful that they have consistently defeated, and will continue to defeat, any structural fracturing of the Net. The rhetoric of ‘fragmentation’ camouflages the real issue: the attempt by governments to align information flows with their jurisdictional boundaries. The fragmentation debate is really a power struggle over the future of national sovereignty. It pits global governance and open access against the traditional territorial institutions of government. This conflict, the book argues, can only be resolved through radical institutional innovations. We need to move away from national sovereignty and towards popular sovereignty in cyberspace. Will the Internet Fragment? is essential reading for students and scholars of media and communications, as well as anyone concerned about the quality of Internet governance.
- Detaching Internet governance from the state: Globalizing the IANA
Refereed Journal Article – October 2014