Over the past few months, I have conducted close to 50 interviews with network engineers, peering coordinators, internet exchange point operators and industry observers from more than 20 countries across the globe. Based on that, I wrote down some thoughts about internet interconnection for RIPE Labs.Read More
Publications & Appearances
Thanks to a stipend I was lucky enough to participate in my first RIPE meeting this November in London. In this video I present my research idea to network engineers from Europe and beyond.Read More
"Yes, I deal with internet interconnection professionally and I would like to share my experiences with you, Uta!"
Dear internet infrastructure experts,
I am looking for network actors who are willing to share their experiences in the field of interconnection with me. Please use the form below to drop me a note about yourself.Read More
Today’s internet is made up of more than 48 000 networks, mostly operated by private actors. Together, they produce connectivity – a resource they all depend upon when doing business. In order to establish connectivity these competitors need to cooperate. Internet exchanges offer technical facilities for networks to “meet” and exchange traffic. I argue that internet exchanges have a specific disposition to act as organisers that facilitate the cooperation. This disposition and their organisational practices are analysed through the lens of concepts that are rooted in the economics of convention.Read More
Conference paper "Internet interconnection: how economic sociology can inform the discourse on internet governance"
In my dissertation I analyse the social dimensions of internet interconnection. Part of my theoretical framework is a research perspective that has been coined Economics of Convention (EoC). At this year's Global Internet Governance Academic Network's symposium I presented some of the building blocks of this perspective.Read More
On May 28, 2014, we had a panel discussion on wearables at the HIIG's "Digitaler Salon" event. I was invited to give a short introduction. My remarks as well as the discussion that follows are in German. If you do not understand German but are interested in wearables, I recommend you to read Donna Haraway's "Cyborg Manifesto". I refer to this text in my introduction because it reminds me of how important it is to explore the boundary zones of those dualisms that we are surrounded by. Human/technology is one of them. Wearables (can) prompt us to challenge this separation, so they open up a field for emancipation from dualisms and the exclusions they produce.
At the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) more than 50 people huddled together in the Federal Foreign Office to hear and talk about net neutrality – politicians, internet and content providers, interested citizens and academics. The good news: hardly any new arguments were exchanged.Read More