We stand on the cusp of a defining moment for the Internet, and existing trends, left unaddressed, might very well lead to the legal fracturing of the World Wide Web. This brief paper offers some thoughts on how this challenge should be resolved, concluding that multilateral agreement on a choice-of-law framework is essential to the continuing growth of the network. While such a framework may be difficult (some might say impossible) to achieve, it is clear that the current situation, in the absence of such a framework, is untenable in the long run and destructive of economic prosperity.
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The Global Commission on Internet Governance was established in January 2014 to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. The two-year project conducts and supports independent research on Internet-related dimensions of global public policy, culminating in an official commission report that will articulate concrete policy recommendations for the future of Internet governance.