This is Uta Meier-Hahn's webpage.
From journalism to research: I left my job in online journalism in order to pursue a PhD at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. In my doctoral thesis I focus on informal regulation of internet infrastructure. I did not fully turn away from journalism though: from 2013 to 2015 I worked as academic editor at the Internet Policy Review where I contributed to establishing a hybrid form of publication at the crossroads of journalism and academia. 2016 is going to be all about finishing my thesis.
Thoughts about Internet infrastructure
There is no central feature of the internet that has been subject to as little formal regulation as internet interconnection. However, local public regulation is starting to emerge. This report presents an initial overview about what kind of formal regulation networkers encounter in their professional practice and it provides insights into how this regulation affects internet connectivity.
Edward Snowden’s revelations indicate a massive breach of trust in internet infrastructure. However, there is one positive aspect to his revelations: they lead to a greater public awareness for questions regarding the net’s infrastructure -- which is good because infrastructures can easily disappear from perception.
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