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This is Uta Meier-Hahn's website.


This is Uta Meier-Hahn's webpage.

From journalism to research to international cooperation: In May 2019 I joined the German development agency’s (GIZ) Berlin Lab as advisor for technology in international cooperation. Leading to that, I successfully defended my doctoral thesis at the Department for Economics at Freie Universität Berlin. It is titled “Internet connectivity economics. Architecture – Conventions – Community”. The thesis explores the question of how network operators worldwide overcome the tension between cooperation and competition and jointly provide internet connectivity. Previous posts include programme director at Volkswagen Foundation, who is Germany’s largest independent research funder, online journalist at public broadcasting company Norddeutscher Rundfunk and editor at the Internet Policy Review, which is the first open access journal for internet regulation, published by the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin.

Thoughts about Internet infrastructuRE

Publications & Appearances

The race is on: The Libra consortium is developing a global payment infrastructure based on an asset-backed stablecoin, the Libra. It could act as a catalyst towards long-needed interoperable payment architectures.

Four years of work, 47 interviews with network engineers around the globe and countless talks with friends and with my supervisors: the results of my doctoral research have been published.

Technical architectures can feel deterministic when they wall us in, but they can also do the opposite. They can foster an openness that offers or even requires interaction between users and that prompts collaborative sense-making. For inspiration, we can look at the network layer of the Internet.

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Where to meet

(7-8 Nov, 2019: Kick-off Symposium “Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future”, VolkswagenStiftung, Hannover)

7-8 Nov, 2019: FOME Symposium 2019 “Rethinking media development - new actors, new technologies and new strategies”, Lightning talk about blockchain and journalism, Bonn

25-29 Nov, 2019: United Nations Internet Governance Forum, Berlin


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