Winners of Carnegie Council's International Student Essay Contest 2019 - Internet Responsibility

January 31, 2020

Internet apps and social networks. CREDIT: Geralt via Pixabay (CC).

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 International Student Essay Contest.

ESSAY TOPIC: Is there an ethical responsibility to regulate the Internet? If so, why and to what extent? If not, why not?

Students thoughtfully approached this topic, looking at the question from philosophical, political, and ethical perspectives. They considered human rights and free expression in their arguments, while also taking into account real-world policy considerations and economic implications. They contemplated their own use of the Internet and practically examined the consequences of regulation, or not, on a global scale. 

Thank you to all who submitted essays. We received entries from students across the globe with representation from: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Italy, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and Zimbabwe.

And the winners are:

High School Category

First Prize
Big Data, Surveillance, and the Tradeoffs of Internet Regulation
Seungki Kim
, BC Collegiate School, South Korea

Second Prize
Internet Regulation: The Responsibility of the People
Justin Oh
, Chadwick International School, South Korea

Third Prize
Internet Regulations Are the Superbugs of Speech
Jennifer Baek
, Jericho High School, USA

Undergraduate Category

First Prize
IF Internet — THEN Free

Evgeny Nedoborskiy, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

Second Prize
Sharing is Caring: Governing the Internet
Sasa Jovanovic
, Bowdoin College, USA

Third Prize
Global Internet, Global Regulations
Zahra Niazi
, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan

Graduate Category

First Prize
Compromising on Censorship? The Case for a Bilateral Agreement Over the Internet
Romain Forestier
, Sciences Po, France and Università Bocconi, Italy

Second Prize
In Favor of the Public Interest: Social Media Should be Regulated
Margarita Valkovskaya
, Syracuse University, USA