27-29 May 2015, Brussels

2nd International Conference
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2nd International Conference on Internet Science
societies, governance, innovation

Programme

Wednesday May 27

Open Day

coffee-break

9:30
Welcome coffee

10:00 Opening

Open Day introduction – Thanassis Tiropanis, Associate professor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

10:20 Highlights on Internet Science

Chair: Anna Satsiou, Senior Researcher in the Informatics and Telematics Institute (ITI), Center for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece

This session will present the Network of Excellence in Internet Science (EINS) main achievements about the understanding of Internet networks and their co-evolution with society, followed by the presentation of projects proposals of common interest in the field of Internet Science.

Real time analysis and visualization of controversies around Wikipedia articles, EINS Open Call Project CONTROPEDIA – Andreas Kallenbrunner, Scientific Director, Social Media Research Group; Barcelona Media, Spain

Interdisciplinary explorations of self-organisation in practice, EINS Open Call Project COMPARE – Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher, Communication Systems Group ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Cross-disciplinary Participation in Open Source Communities, EINS Open Call Project CPiOSC – Wifak Gueddana, Research Associate, Information Systems and Innovation Group, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Virtual Communities, EINS JRA6 – Chris Marsden, Professor of Internet & Media Law, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Emergence Theories and Design Methodologies, EINS JRA2 – Clare Hooper, Research Engineer, IT Innovation Centre, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

From Smart Cities to Engaged Citizens, 3rd EINS Summer School – Anna SatsiouSenior Researcher in the Informatics and Telematics Institute (ITI), Center for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece

11:30 Internet, Governance, Ethics & Citizens -
An introduction to Round Tables

Chair: Hugo Vivier, Unit Manager, Emerging Technologies & Media, Sigma Orionis, France

During this session, round tables chairs will present the main issues of the discussions held in their respective round table in order for participants to decide the round table they will join.

Engaging citizens in the smart city project through DIY networking – Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher, Communication Systems Group ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Global Internet Governance Policy Architecture: Case studies and interdisciplinary research challenges – Chris Marsden, Professor of Internet & Media Law, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Internet Research Ethics: Striking a balance between conflicting interests – Luce Jacovella, Research Coordinator at Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom, Bendert Zevenbergen, Doctor of Philosophy student and Research Assistant, Oxford Internet Institute, United Kingdom

12:30 – 14:00 Buffet lunch

14:00 Parallel round tables

Join a round table and take part in an open and interactive discussion session with topic experts. The three topics are detailed below.

#1 Engaging citizens in the smart city project through DIY networking

We aim to frame the Do-It-Yourself networking paradigm as a boundary object that facilitates transdisciplinary interactions between researchers, activists, artists, and practitioners toward a common goal: to produce tools and knowledge that empower citizens to shape their hybrid urban space, together, according to their local environment.

Do-It-Yourself networking allows citizens to build local networks that can facilitate local interactions, outside the public Internet, using low-cost off-the-shelf hardware and wireless technology. Such networks offer a rich set of special characteristics, such as the local ownership and control of the whole design process and information produced; the de facto physical proximity of those connected without disclosing private location information to third parties; the easy and inclusive access through the use of a local captive portal; the option for anonymous interactions; and the materiality of the network itself. These characteristics can be exploited by designers to build locally owned and customized ICTs that encourage information sharing between strangers, promote conviviality, and empower citizens to claim their right to the (hybrid) city.

The roundtable is organized by a computer scientist, an urban planner and an artist who invite participants to 1) bring their own disciplinary or personal perspective in the study of hybrid space design using DIY networking, and 2) work in groups to design a few simple urban interventions for different imaginary or actual situations.

Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher, Communication Systems Group ETH Zürich, Switzerland

#2 Global Internet Governance Policy Architecture: Case studies and interdisciplinary research challenges

Internet governance now involves a range of processes including the settling of disputes and creation of norms far from enforcement practices and regulatory discussions engaged in normal “legitimate” legal forums.

The question then arises as to how this governance might be mapped or understood – including through algorithmic regulation – and what these new actors or processes might imply for further research on Internet governance and regulation. Panel members introduce three topics of importance in relation to Internet policy and governance:

  1. The role of new actors in Internet governance, including civil society actors, individuals participating in campaigns, and intergovernmental organizations;
  2. The role of algorithmic regulation in relation to policy decision-making;
  3. Challenges in inter-disciplinary analysis of regulation/governance including Internet measurement ethics.

Read the EINS final report on regulation and governance

Chris Marsden, Professor of Internet & Media Law, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

#3 Internet Research Ethics: Striking a balance between conflicting interests

Our Round table will explore ethical approaches on internet experimentation. We will explore ethical issues from case studies directly proposed by the participants looking at the different perspectives of the researchers, private companies, internet users and other data subjects. The aim is to find viable solutions to practical ethical dilemmas in experimental design. Some of the issues that will be addressed are: consent, legitimate interest, private/public research, censorship, value sensitive design, data protection, research ethics governance.

Luce JacovellaResearch Coordinator at Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

Bendert Zevenbergen, Doctor of Philosophy student and Research Assistant, Oxford Internet Institute, United Kingdom

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 Parallel round tables (part 2)

One more hour to discuss the 3 main topics of this Open Day ! (Sessions are described above)

17:00 Wrap up

Chair: Athena Vakali, Professor, Aristote University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Each of the three round table chairs will present the main insights discussed in their session to all the audience. This session will be a short wrap up of:

Engaging citizens in the smart city project through DIY networking – Panayotis Antoniadis

Global Internet Governance Policy Architecture: Case studies and interdisciplinary research challenges – Chris Marsden

Internet Research Ethics: Striking a balance between conflicting interests – Luce Jacovella, Bendert Zevenbergen

18:30 – 20:00 Networking buffet dinner

Thursday May 28

Scientific Conference – Day 1

9:30
Doors opening

10:00 Opening

Programme Introduction – Thanassis Tiropanis, Associate professor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

10:10 Keynote speeches

Chair: Thanassis Tiropanis, Associate professor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Security and Intelligence Activities: Shift from Espionage to Surveillance Motohiro Tsuchiya, Global Security Research Institute (G-SEC), Keio University, Japan

Technology innovation and its legal implications – Andrea M. MatwyshynMicrosoft Visiting Professor, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University, United States

11:10 – 11:40 Coffee break

11:40 Session I - Internet Science in Reflection

Chair: Jonathan Cave, Senior lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

During this session, researchers will present and share their work on “Internet Science in Reflection”.

A Disciplinary Analysis of Internet Science – Clare J. Hooper, Bruna Neves and Georgeta Bordea

Analysing an academic field through the lenses of Internet Science: Digital Humanities as a Virtual Community – Almila Akdag Salah, Andrea Scharnhorst and Sally Wyatt

EINS Evidence Base: A Semantic Cataloguing for Internet Experimentation and Measurement – Xin Wang, Thanassis Tiropanis, Thanasis Papaioannou and Federico Morando

Living with Listening Services: Privacy and Control in IoT – Donald McMillan and Antoine Loriette

13:00 – 14:00 Buffet lunch

14:00 Session II - Internet Science and Societal Challenges

Chair: Laura Sartori, Associate Professor, University of Bologna, Italy

During this session, researchers will present and share their work on “Internet Science and Societal Challenges”.

Privacy and empowerment in connective media – Jo Pierson

Engaging with Charities On Social Media: Comparing interaction on Facebook and Twitter – Christopher Phethean, Thanassis Tiropanis, Lisa Harris

Empowering female-owned SMEs with ICT in selected Arab countries and Brazil – Mona Badran

#CELEBGATE: Methodological approaches to the 2014 celebrity photo hacks – Rebecca Fallon

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 Keynote speeches

Chair: Athena Vakali, Professor, Aristote University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Towards a new social compact for internet freedom Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party, Netherlands

Leveraging Internet/Web/Network Science(s) to address Grand Societal Challenges Noshir Contractor, Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group, Northwestern University, United States

17:10 Internet Science driving the development of Collective Awareness Platforms

Fabrizio Sestini, EINS scientific officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission

17:40 Day 1 closing

Closing remarks – Thanassis Tiropanis, Associate professor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

18:00 – 19:30 Networking cocktail

Friday May 29

Scientific Conference – Day 2

9:30
Doors opening

10:00 Keynote speeches

Chair: Anna Satsiou, Senior Researcher in the Informatics and Telematics Institute (ITI), Center for Research and Technology Hellas

Who is a Data Controller? Marcelo Thompson, Law and Technology Centre at the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Is the internet the Internet?Christian de Larrinaga, Founder of the Internet Society, United Kingdom

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 Session III - Internet and Innovation

Chair: Franco Bagnoli, Researcher, University of Florence, Italy

During this session, researchers will present and share their work on “Internet & Innovation”.

Communication Forms and Digital Technologies in the Process of Collaborative Writing – Kaja Scheliga

Ethics of personalized information filtering – Ansgar Koene, Elvira Perez, Christopher James Carter, Ramona Statache, Svenja Adolphs, Claire O’Malley, Tom Rodden and Derek McAuley

IAA: Incentive-based Anonymous Authentication Scheme in Smart Grids – Zhiyuan Sui, Ammar Alyousef and Hermann de Meer

Mediated community from an intergroup perspective: A literature review – Vilma Lehtinen, Eeva Raita, Mikael Wahlström, Peter Peltonen and Airi Lampinen

13:00 – 14:00 Buffet lunch

14:00 Emergent Interdisciplinary areas and the contribution of Internet Science (Panel discussion)

Chair: Thanassis Tiropanis, Associate professor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

This session is a panel discussion about the future of Internet Science and its distinct contribution. It is also about the expected contribution of Internet Science in the next 5 years and in Horizon 2020 as well as about synergies with Network Science, Data Science and Web Science.

Panelists:

Fabrizio Sestini, EINS scientific officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Chris Marsden, Professor of Internet & Media Law, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Jonathan Cave, Senior lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Kave Salamatian, Professor of Computer Science, University of Savoie, France

Laura Sartori, Associate Professor, University of Bologna, Italy

14:45 Best Student Paper Award

Chair: Laura Sartori, Associate Professor, University of Bologna, Italy

During this session, the best selected paper (co-)written by a student will be rewarded with a 500€ gift-cheque.

15:00 Closing remarks

Chair: Thanassis Tiropanis, Associate professor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break & open networking

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Speakers

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Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. Marietje Schaake is the ALDE Coordinator of the International Trade committee (INTA). She additionally serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), where she focuses on strengthening Europe as a global player. In the subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) she speaks on human rights and coordinates the monthly human rights resolutions for ALDE. Her work has sought to include digital freedoms in EU foreign policy. Marietje has pushed for completing Europe’s digital single market and copyright reform. Marietje has pushed for completing Europe’s digital single market and copyright reform. She is strongly committed to an open Internet in discussions about Internet governance and digital (human) rights.

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Noshir Contractor

Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University and a board member of the Web Science Trust. He is investigating factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in a wide variety of contexts. He received the 2014 National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar Award and was elected in 2015 as a Fellow of the International Communication Association. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Syndio, which offers organizations products and services based on network analytics.

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Christian de Larrinaga

Christian de Larrinaga is Chairman of Firsthand. Christian has been a founder and leading light in several ICT, telecommunications and media businesses, industry organisations and charities. He is currently mentoring and developing IT infrastructures and applications with particular interest in efficiencies and broader societal benefits from decentralising services in IoT, ‘big’ data, and visualisation interfaces. Christian’s activities have accrued many prestigious awards and he has also acted as judge for BCS, IMIS, and served as UK expert for the UN World Summit Awards. He has acted as diplomat, negotiator and speaker on international consultations, and more formally for Internet Society, the Bond, Future Trust and others. He is a Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the British Computer Society. He is founder of the Internet Society UK England and a past chair.

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Andrea M. Matwyshyn

Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn is a legal academic studying technology innovation and its legal implications, particularly corporate information security regulation and consumer privacy. She is currently the Microsoft Visiting Professor at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, a professor of law at Northeastern University (on leave), and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Additionally, she serves as an member of the board of advisors to the European Union Network of Excellence in Internet Science (EINS) and NYU Poly’s CRISSP INSPIRE program. In 2014, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor and Academic in Residence at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. She has previously held appointments at the the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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Marcelo Thompson

Marcelo Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Law and Technology Centre at the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. Courses Marcelo teaches or has taught at HKU include “Law and Society”, “Legal Theory”, “Privacy and Data Protection” and “Regulation of Cyberspace “. Marcelo’s core research interests lie in the intersection between law, political theory and the study of technological change. He is particularly interested in what the entrenchment of new forms of normativity in the design of the information environment means for the life of law and politics in the 21st century. Marcelo has given lectures and spoken in conferences in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mainland China and the United Kingdom. Marcelo is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science and of the Editorial Board of Revista de Direito Administrativo.

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Motohiro Tsuchiya

Motohiro Tsuchiya is professor of Graduate School of Media and Governance and deputy director of Global Security Research Institute (G-SEC) at Keio University. Prior to joining the Keio faculty, he was associate professor at Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan. In 2001 and 2002 he received Fulbright Research Grant of the Japan-U.S. Education Commission and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and Abe Fellowship of the Center for Global Partnership and the Social Science Research Council for research in the United States. He researched in Washington, DC, as visiting scholar at Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, and at Cyberspace Policy Institute, George Washington University. From March 2008 to March 2009 he was visiting scholar at MIT Center for International Studies.

Researchers from various disciplines will present papers shedding light on Internet research and in particular crossing rigid disciplines boundaries, describing original research and innovative ideas.

Committees

GENERAL CHAIR

Thanassis Tiropanis, University of Southampton

PROGRAMME CHAIRS

Athena Vakali, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Laura Sartori, University of Bologna

EVENT COORDINATOR

Roger Torrenti, Sigma Orionis

ORGANISATION COMMITTEE

CHAIR: Anna Satsiou, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
Franco Bagnoli, University of Florence
Hugo Vivier, Sigma Orionis
Cindy Temps, Sigma Orionis

PROCEEDINGS CHAIR
Pete Burnap, Cardiff University

TECHNICAL PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Andreas Fischer, University of Passau
Anna Satsiou, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
Anne-Marie Oostveen, University of Oxford
Armin Haller, Australian National University
Barbara Catania, University of Genova
Bart Lannoo, iMinds
Ben Zevenbergen, Oxford University
Clare Hooper, University of Southampton
Chris Marsden, University of Sussex
Dimitri Papadimitriou, Alcatel-Lucent
Donny McMillan, Mobile Life
Federico Morando, Nexa Center for Internet and Society
George Iosifidis, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
Heiko Niedermeyer, Technical University of Munich
Ioannis Stavrakakis, University of Athens
Jonathan Cave, University of Warwick
Karmen Guevarra, Cambridge University
Konstantinos Kafetsios, University of Crete
Mahdi BohlouliUniversity of Siegen
Mark Rouncefield, University of Lancaster
Markouris Karaliopoulos, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
Mayo Fuster Morell, Harvard University
Meryem Marzouki, University Pierre and Marie Curie
Nathalie Mitev, London School of Economics
Panayotis Antoniadis, ETH Zurich
Patrick Wüchner, University of Passau
Pete Burnap, Cardiff University
Sara Helen Wilford, De Montfort University
Tamas David-Barrett, University of Oxford
Tim Chown, University of Southampton
Tim Davies, University of Oxford
Xin Wang, University of Southampton
Ziga Turk, University of Ljubljana

About

The event at a glance

The 2nd international conference on Internet Science “Societies, governance and innovation” will be organised in Brussels from May 27 to 29, 2015, under the aegis of the European Commission, by the EINS project, the FP7 European Network of Excellence in Internet Science.

This highly multidisciplinary conference will allow to foster dialogue among scholars and practitioners belonging to various disciplines: Computer Science, Sociology, Art, Mathematics, Physics, Complex systems analysis, Psychology, Economics, Law, Political Science, Epistemology, etc.

Call for papers

The 2nd International Conference on Internet Science aims at progressing and investigating on topics of high relevance with Internet’s impact on societies, governance, and innovation. It focuses on the contribution and role of Internet science on the current and future multidisciplinary understanding of societies transformations, governance shifts and innovation quests. Its main objective is to allow an open and productive dialogue between all the disciplines which study the Internet as a socio-technical system under any technological or humanistic perspectives.

We have invited both research papers presenting new results, and extended abstracts with provoking ideas and work-in-progress, shedding light on Internet Science from all involved disciplines and especially papers crossing rigid disciplines boundaries. For more information, read the full call for papers. The call for papers closed end of February.

Open Day and Scientific Conference

May 27: OPEN DAY

A registration-free event open to anyone interested in the Internet Science topic. An opportunity for the EINS Network of Excellence to interact with external stakeholders, detail project methodological approach, and showcase its results to a wider community. This open day will be an occasion for new stakeholders to join the EINS affiliate programme (Internet Science community) and to discuss on the Internet Science challenges of today and tomorrow.

May 28-29: SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE

A scientific conference inviting researchers from various disciplines to present papers shedding light on Internet research, and in particular papers crossing rigid disciplines boundaries, describing original research and innovative ideas. Structured interactive sessions (roundtables and provocative panels) will be part of these two days. Don’t hesitate to have a look at the conference committees.

About the first edition (2013)

The 1st International Conference on Internet Science has been successfully held on April 9-11, 2013 at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels. It has been organized by the EINS project, the FP7 European Network of Excellence in Internet Science with the support of the European Commission DG CONNECT. This event has attracted over 140 participants. Conference proceedings, pictures, and useful links are available in the “Press” section of this page.

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