Data Governance in the Internet’s Operational Institutional Complex

CANCELLED/POSTPONED // Due to Dr. Sowell feeling unwell this talk has been postponed to a future date.

Internet governance often focuses on the institutional and policy implications of well known organizations such as ICANN and the IGF.  While these organizations are significant, there is a much broader landscape of operational institutions that contribute to the day-to-day operations, security, and stability of the Internet’s infrastructure, what is referred to here as the operational institutional complex.  In this talk, Jesse will present the important role of these operational institutions through the lens of data governance, highlighting the formal and informal information, data, and knowledge sharing relationships at play in day-to-day operations.  To illustrate the importance of these organizations’ data governance relationships, Jesse will illustrate these concepts by highlighting two efforts to formalize data governance relationships: ISOC’s MANRS project and ICANN’s KINDNS project.


Dr. Jesse Sowell is a Lecturer in Internet Governance and Policy at UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy (STEaPP), focusing on the operational institutions that ensure the Internet stays glued together in a secure and stable way.  His work focuses on how governance and authority is constructed within these communities and institutions, how that authority differs from authority in conventional state-based institutions, and how to develop institutional and policy interfaces that can help bridge the gaps between the two.  

Prior to joining UCL, Jesse held positions as an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Texas A&M University and as a Postdoctoral Cyberscurity Fellow at Stanford.  Jesse holds a PhD in Technology, Management, and Policy from MIT.

You are encouraged to attend this talk in person at the London School Of Economics, Silverstone Room, Department of Media and Communications – but in order to gain access you absolutely need to register here.

How to get there: The room is located on the 7th floor of Pethick-Lawrence House (PEL 7.01A), Clement’s Inn, London WC2R 1BH, United Kingdom. You should arrive and give your name to the receptionist. They will register you and advise you which lift to take to get to Silverstone Room (PEL 7.01A). We recommend you arrive 5min prior to the start of the event to avoid any delays in going through the reception. 

The precise location of Pethick-Lawrence House can be found in the London School of Economics Campus Map.

Arriving from The Strand is usually quicker and easier but you can also arrive through the multiple streets that redirect you to the building.

15 May 2023 – 17:00 BST

The talk will be followed by a networking break, followed by the ISOC UK England AGM at 18:00 which you are also welcome to attend if you want. More info on:

If you wish to attend both sessions in person, you will need to Register for the AGM separately.