Research articles on Infrastructure & Standards

Internet accessibility and disability policy: lessons for digital inclusion and equality from Australia

Gerard Goggin, University of Sydney
Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia
Wayne Hawkins, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
PUBLISHED ON: 14 Mar 2017 DOI: 10.14763/2017.1.452

Internet accessibility for people with disabilities is long overdue. We draw on pioneering Australian efforts, compared with recent US and European initiatives, to argue for better disability internet policy now.

Instability and internet design

Sandra Braman, Texas A&M University
PUBLISHED ON: 30 Sep 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.3.429

​The history of the internet design process as depicted in the internet RFCs provides evidence of the value of social capital, interpersonal relationships, and community in the face of instability. Drawing conceptual distinctions is a necessary first step for many of the other coping techniques.

The problem of future users: how constructing the DNS shaped internet governance

Steven Malcic, University of California Santa Barbara
PUBLISHED ON: 30 Sep 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.3.434

How did early network designers govern the internet before internet governance? With archival research, this article shows how designers conceived of the Domain Name System (DNS) as a solution to the problem of governing future network users.

Beyond “Points of Control”: logics of digital governmentality

Romain Badouard, Université de Cergy-Pontoise
Clément Mabi, Université de Technologie de Compiègne
Guillaume Sire, Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
PUBLISHED ON: 30 Sep 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.3.433

This paper demonstrates the benefit of using the concept of governmentality to understand how online behaviours are directed, constrained and framed through the management of technical resources that enact logics of power and control.

Flawed cloud architectures and the rise of decentral alternatives

Primavera De Filippi, Research and Studies Center of Administrative Science (CERSA/CNRS), Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
PUBLISHED ON: 01 Nov 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.4.212

Currently dominant cloud services raise challenges in terms of security, privacy and user autonomy. Decentralisation, advocated by civil society, may overcome some of the drawbacks.

Network architecture as internet governance

Francesca Musiani, MINES ParisTech
PUBLISHED ON: 24 Oct 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.4.208

Changes in the internet's architectural design affect the repartition of competences and responsibilities between service providers, content producers, users and network operators. This article outlines the dialectic between centralised and distributed architectures, institutions and practices, and how they mutually affect each other.