Governance, Regulation and Standards

Project Description:

“This working group addresses the governance, regulatory and technical standards aspects of future Internet design across all layers of the protocol stack, and on both technical and social/humanities aspects. In particular, it will shed light on the regulatory and governance mechanisms behind the development of Internet standards, and will allow lessons to be drawn from social scientific analysis to ensure the appropriateness of the standards as the Internet becomes more deeply embedded into the social fabric. The ultimate objective of this working group is therefore to coordinate existing activities, disseminate and collaborate in developing the research methodologies in new methods of regulation – including stakeholder dialogues and choices that affect the present and future Internets, considering the concerns (such as participation, democratic values, network growth and complexity, interoperability, security, privacy) from various stakeholders and design communities. Its outcomes include strong collaboration with SEA2 (Standardisation and Legislation Activities) on ICT standard-setting institutions, and outreach to social science researchers via long-established connections to the European (EuroCPR), United States (TPRC), and international (GIGANET, IAMCR, International Telecommunications Society) academic communities. The group’s partners draw on socio-legal studies (UESSEX, UiO), economics and game theory (WARW), and inter-disciplinary information studies drawing on socio-economic and political analysis (NEXA, IBBT, UoS, IMDEA, UPMC, UNIBO, Institute of Informatics and Telematics of CNR, MLS, LJU).”

Funder: EU-FP7


Host institution (s): University of Sussex, University of Ljubljana

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