Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs hereby invites applications from interested students to participate in its 11th annual International Student Essay Contest, which is open to students of all nationalities of the world.
This year, the essay topic reads: Is there an ethical responsibility to regulate the Internet? If so, why and to what extent? If not, why not?
Your essay should touch at least one specific issue or area where internet "regulation" as defined by you might be considered. For example, you may choose to address censorship, Internet accessibility, net neutrality, social media, cyber security, or other Internet-related issues in your essay.
Include in your analysis your explanation of "responsibility" and what it means to "regulate" the Internet. You are not limited to the listed out choices when discussing regulation.
Note, the essay to be submitted the council, must identify the entity who you think should or should not be responsible for Internet regulation. The people in question can be international organizations, governments, corporations, online communities, and/or individuals.
Keep in mind that you are not limited to only these examples when mentioning people who should or shouldn't have the authority to take responsibility for the internet. You can also choose to specify an agency, organization, etc. related directly to the particular issue you are considering.
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Winning essays will be published on CarnegieCouncil.org.
All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified.
Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.
The essays are judged in three categories: high school students; undergraduate students; and graduate students.
Please email your essay as an attachment to [email protected].
On the first page of the essay and in the body of your email, please include:
ESSAY TOPIC: Is there an ethical responsibility to regulate the Internet? If so, why and to what extent? If not, why not?
For sample essays, have a look at last year's winners here.
Before submitting your essay, please review these plagiarism guidelines to ensure that your work is original and properly cited. All essays will be screened using plagiarism-detecting software.