Network of Excellence in Internet Science


June 27, 3-5 p.m. CEST: Brett Frishmann on "Governing Knowledge Commons" (JRA4 seminar)

On June 27, 3-5 p.m. CEST, Prof. Brett Frischmann (Yeshiva University) will discuss Governing Knowledge Commons, which will be published by Oxford University Press in July 2014. The seminar will be hosted by the Nexa Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico di Torino (DAUIN), and will be available via live streaming through

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"Knowledge commons" describes the institutionalized community governance of the sharing and, in some cases, creation, of information, science, knowledge, data, and other types of intellectual and cultural resources. It is the subject of enormous recent interest and enthusiasm with respect to policymaking about innovation, creative production, and intellectual property. Taking that enthusiasm as its starting point, Governing Knowledge Commons argues that policymaking should be based on evidence and a deeper understanding of what makes commons institutions work. It offers a systematic way to study knowledge commons, borrowing and building on Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize-winning research on natural resource commons. It proposes a framework for studying knowledge commons that is adapted to the unique attributes of knowledge and information, describing the framework in detail and explaining how to put it into context both with respect to commons research and with respect to innovation and information policy. Eleven detailed case studies apply and discuss the framework exploring knowledge commons across a wide variety of scientific and cultural domains.

Fourth Plenary and Workshop: Presentations

Between 11 and 13 June 2014, members of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science research project met in Bologna to participate in a joint workshop and fourth plenary of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science. Please find the presentations below.

BoF Session: F. Bagnoli and E. Massaro, Risk perception and epidemics on multiplex networks.

Opening innovation and knowledge: the relevance of Internet Science

open field

The approach we take to Internet Science has implications for art, science, and the future of knowledge. I've been travelling in the USA and Canada this month trying to understand the broader relevance of work we have been doing on open modes of governance.

In particular, I have been working with researchers from library and information science, fine art and art history to help them understand the insights we've gathered about governance and standard setting - and interdisciplinary work.

Giving evidence to the German Parliament NSA inquiry

Last Thursday I gave evidence to the German Parliament's Committee of Inquiry into the NSA surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden. The video of the hearing has now been published:

What makes a critical infrastructure?

An interesting notion of understanding I got from our workshop at COOP 2014 in Nice and the conference afterwards is that an infrastructure is only then critical when its failure is noticed by humans and they are unhappy about the failure.

Alan Chamberlain had formulated that much better in his talk. Thus, there are so much more critical infrastructure things than the classic examples electricity and communication. Moreover, Internet may not always be one.

Report from our JRA7/JRA8 Workshop USRR 2014 (April 03, 2014 in Ghent)

JRA7 and JRA8 have organized a workshop on understanding the interplay between  sustainability, robustness and resilience (USRR 2014). It was held on April 03 2014 in Ghent in Belgium. There were 7 talks and about 20 People attended the workshop. A wide variety of topics were addressed. The keynote was given by Paolo Monti. It is important to avoid green at all cost solutions. Measures like sleep modes may interfere with resilience messures and may reduce time to failure and component lifetime.

Peer-reviewed digital scholarship

Provocative (peer-reviewed) article: Risam, R. (2013) Rethinking Peer Review in the Age of Digital Humanities. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No.4. doi:10.7264/N3WQ0220

Wearable tech, self-driving cars, and more

We have some great speakers lined up for our Technology Law Futures Forum on 26/27 June in London, co-organised with the Society for Computers and Law. Paul Nemitz, Director, Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship at the European Commission, will give a keynote (open to all) on trust, big data, and the closely-followed EU data protection reform processs.


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