Exploring the Implications of the Digital Iron Curtain

Friday, March 18, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT (UTC–04:00)
Public Event: Virtual Event

The digital iron curtain being pulled around Russia, both internally and externally imposed, is a monumental and sudden shift in the open internet. While the international community is being urged to punish Russia by switching off its internet connections, these moves will only further isolate the country. Russia is being brought closer to the day when its online networks face largely inward, hastening the fragility of the global communications network in turn.

Join CIGI Senior Fellow Laura DeNardis and CIGI Managing Director Aaron Shull for an interactive discussion on the digital iron curtain that has descended on Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine. The discussion will explore questions such as how digital infrastructure has become a proxy for politics, whether digital sanctions are effective or if they play into Putin’s playbook around control and propaganda, and what could be the fate of the multi-stakeholder internet governance model amid escalating digital sanctions.

Event Speakers

A scholar of internet architecture and governance, Laura DeNardis joined CIGI as a senior fellow in 2013. A professor at American University and affiliated fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, her research focuses on global internet governance.

A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and internet governance.