Network of Excellence in Internet Science

Governance, Regulation and Standards

#Postsnowden workshop at Sussex, Freeman F22 8 May 3pm

The workshop will focus on issues of information governance and social networking, in particular the future of privacy and surveillance in the European space. As it is held a few hours after the UK General Election, it is likely to be held in a government-free space with the UK still in the EU and Scotland still in the UK. This follows previous #PostSnowden events including at LSE in November 2013. This might be post-post-Snowden…

Jay Rosen: Facebook has to start growing up
It has to start recognizing that our questions are real. We are not suggesting that FB "edits" NewsFeed in the same way that a newspaper editor once edited the front page. It's a very different way. That's why we're asking about it! We are not suggesting that algorithms work in the same way that elites deciding what's news operated. No: a different way. That's why we're asking about it!

Multistakeholder as Governance Groups: New Study by Global Network of Internet and Society Centers

The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce the release of a new report on Multistakeholder Governance Groups, which informs the debate about Internet governance models and mechanisms.

Bitcoin draft paper released to SSRN

By Andres Guadamuz and Chris Marsden - full pre-publication version to follow early in 2015.


JRA4 at co-regulation Agora Plenary in Brussels

The 3rd plenary of the European Commission Co- and Self-Regulatory Code of Practice Agora was held on 24 November in Brussels at ECOSOC, 99 Rue Belliard. Chris Marsden, leader of JRA4, acted as Rapporteur for the dialogue on comparison tools - which has direct relevance for Internet-based comparison websites and mesasurement tools. "The session will also look into if and how the dialogues could possibly further evolve towards EU self- and/or co-regulation." Speakers were:

IGOV2 joint JRA4/JRA5 seminar ongoing

The University of Oslo Faculty of Law is hosting its final IGOV2 (Internet governance) seminar, chaired by Prof Lee Bygrave, an EINS member, who gave a Day 1 speech on contractual governance in the Internet ecosystem, focussed on Terms of Service (e.g. Facebook), ICANN contractual relations and interconnection agreements. The second day features discussions on privacy, net neutrality and Internet governance, led by Prof Ian Brown (OXF) and Dr Jonathan Cave (WARW) with interventions by Prof Chris Marsden (SUSSEX) amongst others.

JRA4/5 speaking at UK Internet Governance Forum

Both JRA4 and JRA5 coordinators, Ian Brown and Chris Marsden, are speaking at the UK IGF, on cybersecurity and IANA transition respectively. See: Moderating panel on IANA transition #UKIGF with Alex Blowers (Nominet) JJ Sahel (ICANN) Dominique Lazanski.

Joint JRA4/5 workshop on net neutrality inside iGov2 final workshop

The final conference of the Igov2 research project will be held 8-9 September in Oslo. The joint workshop is on 9th September, with contributions by Jonathan Cave, Ian Walden, Chris Marsden, Ian Brown, Lee Bygrave (hosting) et al.

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.

Opening innovation and knowledge: the relevance of Internet Science

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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.