Earlier this month, the Financial Times published a piece by Misha Glenny entitled “Who Controls the internet?” The article tells the story of USCybercom, the military command in charge of securing vital U.S. interests from attacks on the web. Last week, it was widely reported that U.S. Legislators asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for more information on the revelation that third-party applications running on the ubiquitous social network he founded were transmitting personally identifiable data to private companies. It may not be immediately apparent, but these two stories and others like them are inextricably related. These developments run counter to the realization of a global digital commons, one envisioned to enable an unprecedented number of people around the world to freely express themselves and come into contact with the ideas and opinions of others.