The Impact of Data Sovereignty on Internet Governance

Data sovereignty and internet governance have evolved. Interestingly, so have the conceptualisations of them. The internet was previously regarded as hard to govern and regulate due to its bodiless and digital form. This is no longer the case. At the same time, multiple nuanced forms of global internet governance can be simplified into basic approaches. Models of internet governance can be private-sector led or state-led. We suggest that state-led approaches hold more weight and are the stronger of the two. Additionally, we suggest that multi-stakeholder processes are favourable for policymaking. Multi-stakeholder governance promotes inclusion and collaboration and consensus-approved decision making. These features help develop fair and transparent norms.