The internet has become a connective tissue that stretches across much of the globe—though certainly not evenly over all areas. It requires electricity to function, and its users generate a lot of electronic waste, so it has substantial negative impacts on the environment; on the other hand, it also enables innovations and joint efforts that aim to help humanity fight climate change and the deterioration of environmental health overall.
In this, and many other ways, it impacts societal well-being; it draws us closer by connecting people across distances and time zones, enabling collaboration, crowdsourcing, communication, and better understanding--but also the amplification of conflict, disinformation, and trans-border crime. Through social media, it reshapes friendships and family, democracy and desire, art and artificial intelligence, governments and governance.
The governance of the internet itself is largely opaque to most of its users, and shifting under our feet. A variety of multi-stakeholder groups, nonprofit organizations, vast corporations, industry groups, and, increasingly, national governments exert their influence over everything we do via the internet. The governance of each of those entities, therefore, plays a part in the puzzle of internet governance.
The privacy implications of bringing Internet of Things devices into the home.
Luciano Floridi, one of the members of Google's advisory council on the "right to be forgotten," discusses personal data, forgiveness, and the right to be forgotten in this excerpt from a longer presentation he gave at Santa Clara University in 2015.