Network of Excellence in Internet Science


JRA4 at Information Commissioners' International Conference

Chris Marsden of JRA4 will be speaking at the #ICIC2013 event at the Berlin State Parliament, the annual event this year held in Berlin 2 days prior to the federal election. The event is concerned with freedom of information and transparency, in both public and private actors. The German President's speech to open the event discussed in particular the National Security Agency and surveillance more generally (unsurprisingly given his first-hand knowledge of Stasi abuses of surveillance in society which he noted).

Internet Science at TUM seminars in Summer 2013

As a consequence of the EINS project, TUM started to hand out Internet Science topics in addition to traditional computer science topics to students in their seminars. The Internet Science topics are meant to have a computer science and a non-computer science side. The goal is to raise understanding and awareness of the interdisciplinary aspects found almost everywhere once computer science meets practise and systems get used. Seminars include a student presentation, a review process, and a seminar paper. Some of the student papers are published in the end in seminar proceedings.

EINS at United Nations Internet Governance Forum 21 October

JRA4 has a workshop proposal accepted for the IGF in Indonesia with the title 'Technical standards and metrics for measurable impact of multi-stakeholderism'. We expect to have several government, NGO and academic speakers addressing how to measure quantitative and qualitative aspects of multistakeholderism (of much interest to JRA6 too) - a slogan much abused in governance discussions which may (or may not) have real substance. We will announce the line-up of panellists and exact timing soon.

A standard or not a standard? A report from TUM being at IETF 87.

Each year the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) has meetings on multiple continents including Europe. IETF 87 was in Berlin July 28- August 2, 2013. A representative from TUM presented a proposal for standardization at the IRTF part of the IETF meeting. Now, what is the IRTF?

Internet Censorship and Control Papers

Hal Roberts and Steven J. Murdoch of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory have edited a collection of papers on Internet Censorship and Control that are now available online as an open access collection at They write, "The Internet is and has always been a space where participants battle for control.

Bill Gates invests in Research Gate - a new raw data collaboration model?

"According to Madisch, the first task is to refine the product, particularly aspects such as its API. “This will be the interface to the outside world so people can build applications using our data,” he said. “We want to be the telephone for scientists, but we won’t be able to build all the different apps.” ResearchGate already gives universities and specific departments the ability to set up their own pages on the platform.

Internet Science Conference keynote talks now available

We are very pleased to announce that 6 of the speeches from the first day of the recent International Conference on Internet Science are now available on YouTube!

Talks by the invited speakers Ziga Turk, Martin Hynes and Carl-Christian Buhr’s are all now available to view, as are the ‘setting the scene’ lectures from keynote speakers Urs Gasser, Jon Crowcroft and Andrea Matwyshyn. 

WSIS +10 "the self-praising feast of multi-stakeholderism in internet governance"

"WSIS’s “summit” status (thus, not that of a permanent intergovernmental organisation), only enabled it to make recommendations crafted by consensus. However, because of the novelty of its approach and the vocabulary used to convey the urgency of addressing ICT issues in the global political arena, WSIS is widely regarded as having introduced, in the first half of the 2000s, a shift in the understanding and the appropriations of ICT-related changes and the development of the internet.


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