Carnegie Council Announces its International Student Essay Contest for 2019: Internet Responsibility

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This annual essay contest from Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is open to students of all nationalities anywhere in the world. This year's topic: "Is there an ethical responsibility to regulate the Internet?" The essay should include explanations of the concepts of responsibility and regulation (written in your own words) and identify the actor(s) that should or not be responsible. Length: 1,000-1,500 words. Deadline: October 16, 2019.

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

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its 11th annual International Student Essay Contest, open to students of all nationalities anywhere in the world.

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

Please include in your analysis an explanation (in your own words) of “responsibility” and what it means to “regulate” the Internet. Your essay should consider at least one specific issue or area where “regulation” (as you define it) might be considered. For example, you may choose to address censorship, Internet accessibility, net neutrality, social media, cyber security, or other Internet-related issues. You are not limited to the aforementioned choices when discussing regulation.

Essays must identify the actor(s) that should or should not be responsible for Internet regulation. This can include international organizations, governments, corporations, online communities, and/or individuals. You are not limited to these examples when discussing actors, and you may choose to specify an agency, organization, etc. related to the particular issue you are considering.

CONTEST REQUIREMENTS:

  • Style: Persuasive, op-ed style (not academic, not footnoted papers)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Essays can be submitted in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt format. English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.

Before submitting your essay, please review plagiarism guidelines on CarnegieCouncil.org to ensure that your work is original and properly cited. All essays will be screened using plagiarism-detecting software.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified.

Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.

HOW TO ENTER:

Please email your essay as an attachment to contests@cceia.org.

On the first page of the essay and in the body of your email, please include:

  • Your full name;
  • The name of your school;
  • What level of student you are (high school, undergraduate, graduate).

COMPETITION DEADLINE: October 16, 2019

The essays are judged in three categories: high school students; undergraduate students; and graduate students.

PRIZES:

1st place: $300 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd place: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate

3rd place: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

Winning essays will be published on CarnegieCouncil.org.

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