Google: A 'Nonstate Actor?'.

Author:Harper, Jon
Position:UP FRONT

The term "nonstate actors" in the security world normally has a bad connotation. It's associated with terrorist groups and criminal organizations who are having some kind of bad impact on the world order.

One panelist at the recent Halifax International Security Forum brought up the notion of putting multinational corporations in the same category. Rosa Brooks, a law professor and associate dean at Georgetown University, said the day will soon come when these "nonstate actor" companies become "too big to regulate."

"We are this close to the moment when the Googles and Facebooks of the world say, We're global and we don't actually have to listen to what you say,'" Brooks said. That becomes important when...

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