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Jonah Force Hill

Former Belfer Center International and Global Affairs (BIGA) Student Fellow, 2011-20112

 

 

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July 21, 2014

The Growth of Data Localization Post-Snowden

Paper

By Jonah Force Hill, Former Belfer Center International and Global Affairs (BIGA) Student Fellow, 2011-20112

In the wake of the Edward Snowden intelligence disclosures, governments around the world are increasingly considering enacting so-called “data localization” policies, laws and guidelines which limit the storage, movement, and/or processing of digital data to specific geographies, jurisdictions, and companies. This paper analyzes the complex—and often overlooked—motivations behind the data localization movement, explains how localization policies (in all their various permutations) fail to achieve their stated goals, and highlights some of the many harms localization can cause. Recommendations are provided for U.S. business leaders and policymakers seeking to counter this problematic trend.

 

 

May 2012

"Internet Fragmentation: Highlighting the Major Technical, Governance and Diplomatic Challenges for U.S. Policy Makers"

Paper

By Jonah Force Hill, Former Belfer Center International and Global Affairs (BIGA) Student Fellow, 2011-20112

The Internet is at a crossroads. Today it is generally open, interoperable and unified. Tomorrow, however, we may see an entirely different Internet, one not characterized by openness and global reach, but by restrictions, blockages and cleavages. In order to help ensure that the Internet continues to serve as a source of global integration, democratization, and economic growth, American policymakers must be aware of the most significant technical, political and legal challenges to a unified Internet.

 
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