- The Internet Messenger by Buky Schwartz
- Photo by Dr. Avishai Teicher Pikiwiki Israel under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license and available on Wikimedia Commons.
Several research and activist groups and projects worldwide try to avoid dependencies at different layers and design proposals of an alternative Internet, which would rely on distributed architectures, from infrastructures to services and applications.
Building on history and the current state-of-the-art, we aim to foster an open discussion between practitioners and scholars of various disciplines in order to assess the techno-legal feasibility of alternative Internets, understand their design requirements and social implications, and suggest possible ways for an improved network governance, that would enable a wide diversity of options in order to avoid the concentration of power and single points of failure.
The workshop will explore the techno-politics, architecture frameworks, governance and socio-cultural implications of alternative internet projects. Participants are asked for short position papers (1-3 pages), to be eventually assembled by the organizers into a working paper or/and a policy recommendations paper.
The workshop will take place on Monday 15 September afternoon and Tuesday 16 September all day at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). We have reached full capacity. Recommended hashtag #LSEAlternets
Monday 15th LSE
Room OLD 3.21, Old Building, Houghton Street
Round table with introductions and expectations (2 minutes)
Free discussion on topics (including group work) to be addressed the next day
6-7pm Pub on LSE Campus (at your own cost)
Ye Old White Horse, Portugal Street
Coopers : 49A Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Tuesday 16th LSE
room NAB 1.07 from 10:00 to 18:00, New Academic Building, Lincoln’s Inn Fields
10:00-10:15 Introduction by the organisers
Alternet : Melanie Dulong de Rosnay
Welcome : Nick Couldry and Pascal Griset
Structure of the discussion : Panayotis Antoniadis
10:15-10:45 Topic A : Lessons from the past (case studies, successes, failures, evolution over time...)
Seed talks : Dan McQuillan, Leandro Navarro & Efrain Foglia
10:45-11:15 Topic B : Tensions (local vs. global, usability vs. ownership, activism vs. politics...)
Seed talks : Juan Carlos De Martin, Félix Tréguer
11:15-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 Topic C : Joining forces (law, politics, technology, social sciences, art, design, activism...)
Seed talks : Johan Söderberg, Renata Avila
12:00-12:30 Topic D : Future steps (policy recommendations, collaborations, networks, events, marketing...)
Seed talks : Amelia Andersdotter, Francesca Bria, Alison Powell
14:30-16:00 Smaller group work on topics identified during the discussion
16:00-16:15 Coffee break
16:15-17:00 Round tables with 3-5 people reporting on behalf of groups and 1 moderator
Towards a working paper
Possible opportunities for future work, networking, events
Scientific committee of the workshop and partners of the project
- Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay (CNRS Institute for Communication Sciences)
- Francesca Musiani (Mines ParisTech Center for the Sociology of Innovation)
- Alison Powell (LSE Department of Media and Communications)
- Panayotis Antoniadis (ETH Zürich)
The workshop is supported by the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) Interdisciplinary Programme on Communication Sciences and part of the project Alternet on Alternative architectures of the internet : risks of network (de)centralisation.
Additional support is provided by the Department of Media and Communications of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the CNRS Institute for Communication Science (ISCC), Paris Sorbonne-Universités, the French National Agency for Research within the frame of the Adam project, and the European Network for Internet Science.