Network of Excellence in Internet Science

Summer School 2012

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The first Network of Excellence Internet Science Summer School will be held in Oxford from 13-17 August 2012. The theme of the summer school is "Internet Privacy and Identity, Trust and Reputation Mechanisms," with sub-themes addressing online identity and ACTA/SOPA/CISPA.

Academic Programme

The principal aim of the programme is to promote interdisciplinary discussion of issues related to Internet Science among early career researchers (advanced PhD students and those in the first four years of their post-doctoral research career) and industry professionals engaged in work related to Internet privacy and identity, trust and reputation mechanisms. Daily activities will be structured around morning lectures and afternoon discussions aimed at developing participants’ thinking on a range of issues central to the Internet. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their work with leading thinkers in the area of Internet privacy and identity. A range of social events will provide informal opportunities for continued discussions and networking among participants.

The summer school will draw upon the strengths of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science (described below) and will involve participation of many of its members, in addition to colleagues from partner institutions.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Caspar Bowden, Independent Privacy Advocate
  • Jonathan Cave, University of Warwick
  • Karmen Guevara, Cambridge University
  • Lizzie Coles-Kemp, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Joanna Kulesza, University of Lodz
  • Christopher T. Marsden, University of Essex
  • Andrea Matwyshyn, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Kave Salamatian, Universite De Savoie
  • Runa A. Sandvik, The Tor Project, London
  • Joss Wright, Oxford Internet Institute
  • Eiko Yoneki, Cambridge University

Co-ordinators: Monica Bulger, Cristobal Cobo and Tim Davies

Benefits of participation

Participants will meet and work with a diverse group of their peers, a considerable benefit for researchers who may not have large academic peer groups in their own departments. Additionally, participants will:

  • Join an international collaboration experience
  • Exchange institutional research projects, methods, and interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Contribute to ongoing discussions of research and issues related to Internet Science
  • Attend lectures from renowned experts and participate in multi-disciplinary discussions
  • Engage in academic and professional networking

Research areas

We welcome applications from early career researchers in any discipline whose work in the field of Internet research engages with the theme of the summer school and reflects the disciplinary base of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science, as described below.

About the Network of Excellence in Internet Science

The Network of Excellence in Internet Science aims to develop an integrated and interdisciplinary scientific understanding of Internet networks and their co-evolution with society. The network is composed of over thirty research institutions across Europe from a variety of disciplines including physics, sociology, game theory, economics, political sciences, network engineering, computation, complexity, networking, security, mathematics, humanities, and law, as well as other relevant social and life sciences. Its main objective is to enable an open and productive dialogue between all disciplines that study Internet systems from any technological or humanistic perspective, and which in turn are being transformed by continuous advances in Internet functionality.

Fees and activities

Delegate fees are £900 and this includes 6 nights’ en suite accommodation at Queen’s College, daily breakfast, lunch (including one BBQ) and refreshments, and two evening college dinners. Each EINS participating institution will nominate one representative from their institution. These representatives will pay a reduced fee of €300 (£240). If EINS participating institutions wish to send additional delegates, they should contact Tim Davies. Summer school participants will have an opportunity to take part in Oxford social activities. Payment will be taken online, details of which will be circulated to accepted applicants.