Network of Excellence in Internet Science


Super-fused innovation: results of Brighton study into arts-humanities interaction with ICT

This 6 minute video ( presents the results of a large scale interdisciplinary and inter-institutional study that has resulted in the greater Brighton project - for those who don't know, Brighton is in some ways the San Francisco of the UK (Cambridge is more the Boston Highway Corridor). The larger presentation is here:

Keeping Our Secrets? Shaping Internet Technologies for the Public Good

This week I gave the 2014 Oxford London Lecture, on the subject of how privacy and other core social values can be embedded in Internet and related technologies. I concluded with a discussion of the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to this issue, and how we are following this in EINS. You can watch the lecture and view the slides below.

CfP Critical Infrastructure Workshop on socio-technical issues in Nice, France, May 27 2014

Since not everyone may yet be aware of our workshop, here is the call for our multi-disciplinary JRA7 workshop on The Internet as Critical Infrastructure: socio-technical issues. You can either submit short position papers of 2 pages or long papers of 6 page size.

-> We offer travel grants for young reseachers.
-> Journal publication after the workshop.

Protecting Internet communications from pervasive monitoring

Seminar hosted by the Oxford Cyber Security Centre, 27/2/2014 
Dr Alissa Cooper (Cisco Systems) and Dr Stephen Farrell (Trinity College Dublin) 

Digital Social Innovation workshop - 3 Feb 2014 - European Commission

On Monday 3 February, the European Commission hosted a full day policy workshop to discuss the Digital Social Innovation (DSI) project. The project aims to connect the many European initiatives in social innovation on the Internet or using digital means to collaborate. A lively debate during the day came to a close with some concrete policy recommendations and a discussion on next steps.

Diversity at IETF

I recently noticed that the IETF has a discussion list for diversity. The topics are about the inclusion of women and people from regions of the world that show less IETF activity, like less developped countries. What I also found interesting is the discussion about reasons for that like a hostile discussion environment that prefers native-speakers and loud persons over non-native speakers and others. So, maybe that is interesting for those here that research on the standardisation process.

Understanding, Modeling, and Impact of deviations in system operation due to social and organizational processes

I want to say a few words about JRA7 in this blog. JRA7 is about critical infrastructure research, in particular with respect to resilience, security, and dependability. This is an ICT problem, but not only as the following problem description shows. This is one example for research we want to discuss in JRA7 context and we would be interested in contributions in upcoming workshops (e.g. April 03, 2014 at DRCN in Ghent, check JRA7 blog for future posts on these workshops).

Internet Science in standardization?

The project EINS is about the establishment of Internet Science as interdiscplinary discipline to study the Internet. The motivation for the project is that isolated mono-disciplinary views may not adequately describe what really happens on the Internet. One may now wonder if this is also true for standardization. Do we need Internet Science and with it the social sciences or non-ICT (ICT = Information and Communication technology, here it also includes mathematics, physics and similar disciplines) participation in general in our technical standardization processes?

Bad science: No, Facebook won’t lose 80% of its users by 2017

"Facebook and Myspace are vastly different contagions. For both networks, young people were the first to get the disease. But they were also the first to develop an immunity; even Facebook admits it’s beginning to lose its appeal with teenagers. Myspace, however, never evolved past the stage of infecting the young, whereas Facebook worked hard to bring on new demographics, from young professionals to senior citizens.

Keynote Speeches: 3rd Plenary Resources

Please find below presentations from members of the EINS Advisory Committee, presented at the third Internet Science Plenary Meeting in Munich, held on the 25th and 26th November 2013.

EAC presentation: Barry Wellman (iSchool), The Triple Revolution: Networked Individualism in Community and Work.


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