Milton L Mueller

Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
Email Address:
milton@gatech.edu
Office Phone:
404-385-4281
Office Location:
DM Smith 302
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Overview

Milton Mueller is an internationally prominent scholar specializing in the political economy of information and communication. The author of seven books and scores of journal articles, his work informs not only public policy but also science and technology studies, law, economics, communications, and international studies. His books Will the Internet Fragment? (Polity, 2017), Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press, 2010) and Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002) are acclaimed scholarly accounts of the global governance regime emerging around the Internet. Mueller’s research employs the theoretical tools of institutional economics, STS and political economy, as well as historical, qualitative and quantitative methods.

Dr. Mueller’s prominence in scholarship is matched by his prominence in policy practice. He is the co-founder and director of the Internet Governance Project (IGP), a policy analysis center for global Internet governance. Since its founding in 2004, IGP has played a prominent role in shaping global Internet policies and institutions such as ICANN and the Internet Governance Forum. He has participated in proceedings and policy development activities of ICANN, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and regulatory proceedings in the European Commission, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He has served as an expert witness in prominent legal cases related to domain names and telecommunication policy. He was elected to the Advisory Committee of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) from 2013-2016, and appointed in 2014 to the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group. Dr. Mueller has also been a practical institution-builder in the scholarly world, where he led the creation of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), an international association of scholars.
 

Projects:

  • The Internet Governance Project
    Founded in 2004, the Internet Governance Project (IGP) has grown to be a leading source of analysis of global Internet policy and Internet resource management that is widely read by governments, industry and civil society organizations. IGP both researches and analyzes global Internet policy issues on our blog and in our publications.
     
  • Institutional Design for Authoritative Attribution in Cybersecurity
    This project explores the feasibility of creating a global institution to perform authoritative public cyber-attributions. Attribution of a cyberattack (who did it?) is important because it contributes to the accountability of actors in cyberspace. The need for it is especially great in the case of nation-state actors. The key insight of this proposal is that the achievement of authoritative attributions is an institutional accomplishment as well as a product of forensics and computer science. The science and technology of attribution must be supplemented by the creation of an independent organization whose attribution decisions are widely perceived as unbiased, legitimate and valid, even among parties who might be antagonistic (such as rival nation-states). But while there is significant investment in the technical aspects of attribution, there is very little on the societal and institutional aspects..
Areas of
Expertise:
  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet Governance
  • Telecommunications And Internet Policy
Interests
Research Fields:
  • Economic History
  • Economics of Telecommunications Networks
  • Emerging Technology and Security
  • Information Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Information and Communications Technology Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Science and Technology Studies
Issues:
  • International Communication
Courses
  • PUBP-3020: Applied Political Econ
  • PUBP-3502: IT/Comm/Telecom Policy
  • PUBP-4725: Info Security Policies
  • PUBP-6502: IT/Comm/Telecom Policy
  • PUBP-6725: Info Security Policies
  • PUBP-6727: Cyber Sec Practicum
  • PUBP-8823: Special Topics
Selected Publications

Books

  • Will the Internet Fragment? Sovereignty, globalization and cyberspace

    May 2017

    The Internet has united the world as never before. But is it in danger of breaking apart? Cybersecurity, geopolitical tensions, and calls for data sovereignty have made many believe that the Internet is fragmenting. In this incisive new book, Milton Mueller argues that the ‘fragmentation’ diagnosis misses the mark. 

Journal Articles

  • Cyber Attribution: Can a New Institution Achieve Transnational Credibility?
       In: Cyber Defense Review

    April 2019

    This paper argues that authoritative attribution of cyberattacks to nation-state actors requires more than purely technical solutions. New, credible institutions are needed to develop procedural checks and balances that will make attribution more than one nation pointing its finger at an adversary. 

  • Requiem for a Dream: On Advancing Human Rights via Internet Architecture
       In: Policy and Internet [Peer Reviewed]

    March 2019

    Can human rights can be secured (or violated) via the Internet's standards and architecture? This article challenges uncritical and imperfectly theorized efforts to link standardsā€setting and protocol development to “values” and human rights objectives.

  • Data flows and the digital economy: information as a mobile factor of production
       In: Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance [Peer Reviewed]

    January 2019

    Who is requesting websites from whom in the global economy? This paper analyzes quantitative data about the national location of the requestor of a web site and the location of the requested web site to look at information as a mobile factor of production in the global economy.

Internet Publications

  • The Hidden Standards War: Economic Factors Affecting IPv6 Deployment
       In: Internet Governance Project

    February 2019

    This report, commissioned by ICANN's Office of the Chief Technology Officer, examines the economic incentives affecting the competition between IPv4 and IPv6, two incompatible versions of Internet protocol. It examines quantitative data about current levels and patterns of IPv6 adoption and tries to predict an equilibrium. 

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

  • Cyber Attribution: Can a New Institution Achieve Transnational Credibility?
       In: Cyber Defense Review

    April 2019

    This paper argues that authoritative attribution of cyberattacks to nation-state actors requires more than purely technical solutions. New, credible institutions are needed to develop procedural checks and balances that will make attribution more than one nation pointing its finger at an adversary. 

  • Requiem for a Dream: On Advancing Human Rights via Internet Architecture
       In: Policy and Internet [Peer Reviewed]

    March 2019

    Can human rights can be secured (or violated) via the Internet's standards and architecture? This article challenges uncritical and imperfectly theorized efforts to link standardsā€setting and protocol development to “values” and human rights objectives.

  • Data flows and the digital economy: information as a mobile factor of production
       In: Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance [Peer Reviewed]

    January 2019

    Who is requesting websites from whom in the global economy? This paper analyzes quantitative data about the national location of the requestor of a web site and the location of the requested web site to look at information as a mobile factor of production in the global economy.

Internet Publications

  • The Hidden Standards War: Economic Factors Affecting IPv6 Deployment
       In: Internet Governance Project

    February 2019

    This report, commissioned by ICANN's Office of the Chief Technology Officer, examines the economic incentives affecting the competition between IPv4 and IPv6, two incompatible versions of Internet protocol. It examines quantitative data about current levels and patterns of IPv6 adoption and tries to predict an equilibrium.