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Association of Internet Researchers

The Association of Internet Researchers is an international academic association dedicated to the advancement of the cross-disciplinary field of Internet studies. It promotes interdisciplinary Internet research independent from traditional disciplines.

The AoIR:


Berkman Center for Internet and Society

The Berkman Center was founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. They are a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace.

The faculty, fellows, students, and affiliates of the center engage with a wide spectrum of Net issues, including governance, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, content control, and electronic commerce.

The Center freely shares open software platforms for free online lectures and discussions. They also sponsor gatherings, ranging from informal lunches to international conferences, that bring together members of our diverse network of participants to swap insights – and sometimes barbs – as they stake out their respective visions for what the Net can become. They also teach, seeking out online and global opportunities, as well as supporting the traditional Harvard Law School curriculum, often in conjunction with other Harvard schools and MIT.


Center for Intercultural New Media Research

The Center for Intercultural New Media Research (CINMR) is a global network of nearly 250 scholars -- and a think tank and clearinghouse for scholarship -- that focus on the impact of new media on human communication across cultures, nations, and world regions. CINMR research associates come from more than 40 countries and represent almost 200 universities The goals of CINMR are threefold:

  1. Gather, generate and disseminate intercultural new media research

  2. Apply intercultural new media research to organizational challenges in private and public sectors

  3. Provide CINMR research associates with a searchable and interactive directory that enables them to identify and communicate with intercultural new media scholars worldwide

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Citizen Lab

The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), human rights, and global security. The Citizen Lab’s ongoing research network includes the Cyber Stewards Network, OpenNet Initiative, OpenNet Eurasia, Opennet.Asia. The Citizen Lab was a founding partner of the Information Warfare Monitor (2002-2012). The Citizen Lab developed the original design of Psiphon, a censorship circumvention software, which was spun out of the lab into a private Canadian corporation (Psiphon Inc.) in 2008. They regular release research related to human rights violations in cyberspace, censorship, and information controls.

digital methods initiative

Reworking method for Internet research since 2007, the Digital Methods Initiative (DMI) is a collaboration of the New Media TEMLab (room 0.12), University of Amsterdam and the Foundation, Amsterdam, with founding support from the Mondriaan Foundation. It is a New Media PhD (training) program as well as a New Media research group in Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. DMI participates in MACOSPOL(Mapping Controversies on Science for Politics) and EMAPS (Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science), the EU projects led by Bruno Latour. The Digital Methods Initiative is directed by Richard Rogers, Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. The coordinators are Sabine Niederer and Esther Weltevrede. DMI holds annual Summer Schools and Winter Schools, supported by the Center for Creation, Content and Technology (CCCT) at the University of Amsterdam.


Independent research group founded by the Flemish government to do ICT based research in the following fields: Media, Energy, Health, ICT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities

Institute of Network Cultures

The Institute of Network Cultures was founded by Geert Lovink following his appointment as Professor within the School of Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Amsterdam Polytechnic).

The Institute of Network Cultures analyses and shapes the terrain of network cultures from the inside. No innocent bystander, it actively contributes to the field through events, publications and online dialogue. The sphere of new media has huge potential for socio-technological change – the mission of the Institute of Network Cultures, the INC, is to explore, document and feed this potential.

New Media studies

Blog/website by the university of Utrecht. Somewhat similar to “our” MOM blog, they publish an online magazine

Research at Google

Google’s research & development branch publishes research online. Their main focus is somewhat technical, but they also publish articles with more focus on the impact of the use of (Google) technology.

Situating Science

Created in 2007 with the generous funding of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Strategic Knowledge Cluster grant, Situating Science is a seven-year project promoting communication and collaboration among humanists and social scientists that are engaged in the study of science and technology.

The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)

EAAST represents academics and researchers in the fields of science and technology studies, the social analysis of innovation and related areas of knowledge. Its objective is to foster within Europe the scholarly study of science and technology including their historical development and their role in society.

V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media

Founded in 1981, is an interdisciplinary center for art and media technology in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). V2_ is doing research at the interface of art, technology and society. V2_ presents, produces, archives and publishes about art made with new technologies and encourages the debate on these issues. V2_ offers a platform where artists, scientists, developers of software and hardware, researchers and theorists from various disciplines can share their findings. In V2_'s view, art and culture play an essential role in the social embedment of and attitude towards technological developments. V2_ creates a context in which technological issues are explored through critical reflection and practice-oriented research.


The Oxford Internet Institute

The Oxford Internet Institute was founded in 2001 at the University of Oxford, as an academic centre for the study of the societal implications of the Internet. The Institute's mission is measure, understand and explain the Internet's multi-faceted interactions and effects, with a number of different research projects that bring together some of the best international scholars within a multi-disciplinary department.
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