Congratulations! The MOU for BIPC was signed in BICS 2019 @ Xi’an, China

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Bright Internet China Symposium (BICS) 2019 was held successfully during 9-10 July at Xi’an, China. In particular, the BICS 2019 will be long remembered for the remarkable initiative toward the Bright Internet. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that defines the objectives and activities of Bright Internet Project Consortium (BIPC) is signed by Seven Founding Member Institutions. They are appointed as the Director of Board of BIPC, and Jae Kyu Lee is elected as the Chairman of BIPC. We expect the BIPC to play a pivotal role in establishing the Bright Internet! Please refer the BIPC page for details.    

IFIP WG 8.6 2019 Annual Conference featured the Bright ICT as a Conference Theme

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IFIP WG 8.6 2019 Annual Conference would focus on the progress made in this effort and to understand how the knowledge accumulated thus far translates into societal benefit. The conference would aim at discussions on adoption or modification of technologies, policies, and organizations from which new business models that create a bright safe internet can evolve. In this conference, Prof. Jae Kyu Lee gave a keynote speech entitled “Bright Internet: Market Driven Approach.” Please find the conference proceedings here. IFIP Working Group 8.6 is an international group concerned with the diffusion, adoption and implementation of information (and communication) technologies. The Group was established by IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) in 1994. We conduct conferences and workshops, maintain a listserver and publish books. Read more about us here.

Congratulations! Dr. Ramayya Krishnan was named as the Bright Internet Awardee of 2018

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Dr. Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, received the Bright Internet Award in BIGS 2018. Bright Internet Award (Jae Kyu Lee Award) honors the scholars who made excellent scholarly achievements and contributions in the field of Management Information Systems, especially in the area of Bright Internet research and development. Please visit the Bright Internet Award Page for previous winners.

BIGS 2018 at San Francisco, USA Finished Successfully

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Bright Internet Global Summit (BIGS) 2018 was held successfully during December 12-13, 2018 at San Francisco, California, USA. All participants have discussed and exchanged ideas and research outcomes toward the Bright Internet. Please find the BIGS 2018 program at http://brightinternet.org/bigs2018/program/. The next BIGS will be held in this upcoming December 18 at Munich, Germany along with International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2019.

Congratulations! BICS 2018 at Beijing, China Finished Successfully

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Bright Internet China Symposium (BICS) 2018 was held successfully during 2-3 July at Tsinghua University, Beijing. More than 60 people participated in BICS 2018 from various countries, such as China, South Korea, USA, Bangladesh, etc. Participants have discussed and exchanged ideas and research outcomes toward the Bright Internet. Here is the proud participants of BICS 2018. Congratulations to the successful BICS 2018!  

Identifying Issues for the Bright ICT Initiative: A Worldwide Delphi Study of IS Journal Editors and Scholars (CAIS, 2018)

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Information and communication technology (ICT) continues to change business as we know it. As ICT further integrates into our daily lives, it creates more opportunities to both help and hinder fundamental social problems throughout the world. In response to these growing and urgent societal needs, the Association for Information Systems approved the Bright ICT Initiative to extend IS research beyond a focus on business to take on the broader challenges of an ICT-enabled bright society. We conducted a Delphi study to provide guidance on where bright ICT-minded researchers might focus to produce their greatest impact. In this paper, we report on our findings. The Delphi panel comprised 182 globally distributed IS journal editors who participated in a three-round consensus-building process via the Internet. Our results provide a framework of eleven research priority areas and specific research topics for those engaged in future-oriented, socially conscious IS research. Citation: Lee, J. and Fedorowicz, J., 2018. Identifying Issues for the Bright ICT Initiative: A Worldwide Delphi Study of IS Journal Editors and Scholars. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 42, Article 11.

Preventing State-Led Cyberattacks Using the Bright Internet and Internet Peace Principles (JAIS, 2018)

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The Internet has engendered serious cybersecurity problems due to its anonymity, transnationality, and technical shortcomings. This paper addresses state-led cyberattacks (SLCAs) as a particular source of threats. Recently, the concept of the Bright Internet was proposed as a means of shifting the cybersecurity paradigm from self-defensive protection to the preventive identification of malevolent origins through adopting five cohesive principles. To design a preventive solution against SLCAs, we distinguish the nature of SLCAs from that of private-led cyberattacks (PLCAs). We then analyze what can and cannot be prevented according to the principles of the Bright Internet. For this research, we collected seven typical SLCA cases and selected three illustrative PLCA cases with eleven factors. Our analysis demonstrated that Bright Internet principles alone are insufficient for preventing threats from the cyberterror of noncompliant countries. Thus, we propose a complementary measure referred to here as the Internet Peace Principles, which define that the Internet should be used only for peaceful purposes in accordance with international laws and norms. We derive these principles using an approach that combines the extension of physical conventions to cyberspace, the expansion of international cybersecurity conventions to global member countries, and analogical international norms. Based on this framework, we adopt the Charter of the United Nations, the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts, Recommendations by the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts, the Tallinn Manual, and Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and others as reference norms that we use to derive the consistent international order embodied by the Internet Peace Principles. Citation: Shin, Y.Y., Lee, J.K. and Kim, M., 2018. Preventing State-Led Cyberattacks Using the Bright Internet and Internet Peace Principles. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 19(3), pp.152-181.

Design and Validation of the Bright Internet (JAIS, 2018)

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Bright Internet research was launched as a core project of the AIS Bright ICT Initiative, which aims to build an ICT-enabled Bright Society. To facilitate research on the Bright Internet, we explicitly define the goals and principles of the Bright Internet, and review the evolution of its principles. The three goals of the Bright Internet are: the realization of preventive security, the provision of the freedom of anonymous expression for innocent netizens, and protection from the risk of privacy infringement that may be caused by preventive security schemes. We respecify design principles to fulfill these seemingly conflicting goals: origin responsibility, deliverer responsibility, identifiable anonymity, global collaboration, and privacy protection. Research for the Bright Internet is characterized by two perspectives: first, the Bright Internet adopts a preventive security paradigm in contrast to the current self-centric defensive protective security paradigm. Second, the target of research is the development and deployment of the Bright Internet on a global scale, which requires the design of technologies and protocols, policies and legislation, and international collaboration and global governance. This research contrasts with behavioral research on individuals and organizations in terms of the protective security paradigm. This paper proposes validation research concerning the principles of the Bright Internet using prevention motivation theory and analogical social norm theory, and demonstrates the need for a holistic and prescriptive design for a global scale information infrastructure, encompassing the constructs of technologies, policies and global collaborations. An important design issue concerns the business model design, which is capable of promoting the propagation of the Bright Internet platform through applications such as Bright Cloud Extended Networks and Bright E-mail platforms. Our research creates opportunities for prescriptive experimental research, and the various design and behavioral studies of the Bright Internet open new horizons toward our common goal of a bright future. Citation: Lee, J.K., Cho, D. and Lim, G.G., 2018. Design and Validation of the Bright Internet. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 19(2), pp.63-85.

Reflections on ICT-enabled Bright Society Research (ISR, 2016)

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Since the advent of the AIS Grand Vision Project of ICT-enabled Bright Society (in short, Bright ICT), there has been significant excitement as well as confusion about the concept. To resolve ambiguities about the types of research that are consistent with this vision, the notions of Restorative Bright ICT Research and Enriching Bright ICT Research are defined. In addition, we propose three perspectives that can differentiate Bright ICT research from traditional research approaches to create a disruptive impact on society. To address societal problems that are often global in scope, Bright ICT research recommends taking a holistic design of future society encompassing technologies and policies as well as business models driven by visionary principles. This paradigm can be an extension of design science for the scope of a Macro Information Society. Citation: Lee, J.K., 2016. Reflections on ICT-enabled Bright Society Research. Information Systems Research, 27(1), pp.1-5.