Milton Mueller

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Milton Mueller is Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy. He is interested in the political economy of communication and information, using the theoretical tools of property rights analysis, institutional economics, and historical and quantitative social science methods. He also has a longstanding interest in the history of communication technologies and global governance institutions.

ICANN Involvement and Internet Governance

He has participated in ICANN since 1997 and the WSIS Summits and Prepcons since 2003.[1] Mueller has played a leading role in organizing and mobilizing civil society in ICANN.[2]

Mueller was a co-founder, with Kathy Kleiman, of the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) and was its chair from 2003 - 2005.[3] He was elected to ICANN’s GNSO Council and has worked on various task forces related to new TLDs. Mueller is on the Advisory Council of the Public Interest Registry.[4]

He is one of the founders of the Internet Governance Project and a weekly writer for the project's blog

Current Positions

  • Program Director, Masters of Science in Cybersecurity Policy
  • Governing Board, Center for Convergence and Emerging Network Technologies (CCENT)
  • Chair, Scientific Committee, The Internet Governance Project
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Global Internet Governance Academic Network[5]
  • Councillor, Executive Committee, Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group, ICANN[6]


2015 – present: Professor, School of Public Policy, GA Tech 2003 – 2015: Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, USA. 2008 – 2010: XS4All Chair for the Security and Privacy of Internet Users, Technology University of Delft School of Policy and Management, Netherlands. 1998 – 2003: Associate Professor. Syracuse University School of Information Studies. 1992 – 1997: Assistant Professor. Department of Communication, School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Promoted to Associate Professor, July 1997. 1997 – 1997: Visiting Professor. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Information and Systems Management. Also 7/95 - 12/95. 1991 – 1992: Assistant Director. International Center for Telecommunications Management. College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Research Associate, 8/89 - 8/91.



  • Will the Internet fragment? Sovereignty, Globalization and Cyberspace. London: Polity Press. (May 2017).
  • Networks and States: The Global Politics of Internet Governance. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press. (2010)
  • Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press (2002)
  • Universal Service: Interconnection, Competition, and Monopoly in the Making of American Telecommunications. MIT Press(1997)
  • Telecom Policy and Digital Convergence. Hong Kong: City University Press (1997)
  • Mueller and Zixiang Tan, China in the Information Age: Telecommunications and the Dilemmas of Reform. Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies (1996)
  • Telephone Companies in Paradise: A Case Study in Telecommunications Deregulation. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (1993)
  • International Telecommunications in Hong Kong: The case for liberalization (2nd edition). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press (1992)

Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Mueller is a prolific writer, with over 60 peer-reviewed publications. Some of his most recent contributions include:

  • “Against Sovereignty in Cyberspace.” International Studies Review, September 2019,
  • Brenden Kuerbis & Milton L Mueller. “The Hidden Standards War: Economic Factors Affecting IPv6 Deployment.” Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance, Vol 22 (2020).[7]

Awards and Grants

  • 2019 - 5th Annual Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Memorial Lecture on “Sovereignty and Cyberspace: Institutions and Internet governance,” Indiana University, October 3rd.
  • 2015 - Best paper award, International Studies Association International Communications section for “Are we in a digital cold war?”
  • 2014-15 - Laura and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence award, Syracuse University
  • 2013 - Honorable mention, Best research paper, 2013 iConference for “Buying Numbers.”
  • 2010 - Best Paper award, Korean Journal of Policy Studies for “ICANN, Inc.: Accountability and Participation in the Governance of Critical Internet Resources.”
  • 2010 - Deep Packet Inspection and the Governance of the Internet, U.S. National Science Foundation[8]
  • 2009 - Distinguished Research Award, ITERA View website[9]
  • 2006 - Internet Governance Project (Ford Foundation)[10]
  • 2004 - Movement in the Making: Transnational Collective Action in Internet policy[11]
  • 2002 - Reinventing Media Activism (Ford Foundation)[12]


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School - 1989
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School - 1986
  • B.A., Columbia College, Chicago - 1976