Universit├Ąt Z├╝rich

IKMZ - Department of Communication and Media Research

Media Change & Innovation Division

Andreasstrasse 15
CH-8050 Zurich
Phone +41 (0)44 635 20 92
Fax +41 (0)44 634 49 34


  • William Drake, an International Fellow and Lecturer in the Media Change and Innovation Division of the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich has been invited by the World Economic Forum as the leading expert to produce a white paper about the risk of Internet fragmentation.


    The finished report addresses the growing concern that the global public Internet is in danger of splintering into a series of bordered cyberspace segments and provides the first systematic overview of the growth of Internet fragmentation

    It maps the landscape of Internet fragmentation and cites 28 examples arising from technical, governmental and commercial trends and concludes that meeting the challenge of Internet fragmentation will require vigilance, analysis and international cooperation involving all relevant stakeholders.


    The report can be found on weforum.org.

    For a good overview, a video of a session with the president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Harvard Professor Jonathan Zittrain can be found here 


    The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. Over 2,500 leaders from business, government, international organizations, civil society, academia, media and the arts have participated in the 46th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on 20-23 January 2016.


    For more information about the Annual Meeting 2016, please visit www.weforum.org.