The Internet has become an important economic, political, and social tool, but threats to cyber security and cybercrime have become major issues, exposing the need for Internet governance policy issues to be addressed. A new book released through the Global Security & Politics Program at Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), as part of its ongoing program of work for the joint CIGI-Chatham House Global Commission on Internet Governance, explores the most pressing challenges to be faced in the evolution of Internet governance over the next five years.

Organized Chaos: Reimagining the Internet, co-edited by Mark Raymond and Gordon Smith, is written by leading experts from academic disciplines and practitioner communities in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Contributors address a range of pressing challenges, including cyber-security issues and civil society hacktivism by groups such as Anonymous, and consider the international political implications of some of the most likely Internet governance scenarios in the 2015–2020 timeframe.

Organized Chaos includes the following chapters:

  • Reimagining the Internet: The Need for a High-level Strategic Vision for Internet Governance, Mark Raymond and Gordon Smith
  • Internet Points of Control as Global Governance, Laura DeNardis
  • Bounding Cyber Power: Escalation and Restraint in Global Cyberspace, Ronald J. Deibert
  • Anonymous in Context: The Power and Politics behind the Mask, Gabriella Coleman
  • Global Cybercrime: The Interplay of Politics and Law, Aaron Shull
  • Internet Governance: Inevitable Transitions, James A. Lewis
  • Adaptive Internet Governance: Persuading the Swing States, Dave Clemente
  • Tipping the Scale: An Analysis of Swing States in the Internet Governance Debate, Tim Maurer and Robert Morgus 

“The chapters in this volume…highlight challenges stemming from a rapid escalation in tensions that may well erode the legitimacy of existing Internet governance mechanisms and inhibit efforts to reform or replace them with legitimate alternatives,” say Raymond and Smith. The editors explain that the “appropriately practical recommendations and conclusions recognize that the world is a complicated, messy place without easy choices, and that no single actor can dictate outcomes.”

Organized Chaos: Reimagining the Internet is available for purchase ($25 paperback; $12.50 eBook) at Review copies for those considering using the book as course material are available by contacting [email protected].


Mark Raymond was a research fellow at CIGI from 2012 to 2014. He is currently Wick Cary Assistant Professor of International Security, Department of International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma.

Gordon Smith is a former Canadian deputy foreign minister, NATO ambassador and Group of Seven/Group of 8 Sherpa, and a leading expert on the evolution of the G20 and global summitry. Since joining CIGI in 2010 as a distinguished fellow, Gordon has been a key contributor to CIGI’s G20 research activities, events and publications. He is the deputy chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
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