Internet Governance

The Proto Connecticut ACM Chapter is proud to announce their September general meeting on Thursday September 26th at 5:30 pm. You DO NOT have to be an ACM member to attend.


Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: CCAT East Hartford
222 Pitkin St. East Hartford, CT (near 84/91 interchange)


As the Internet gains an almost ubiquitous status in much of today’s world, the governance of the Internet has become an important subject of study. Internet governance affects various critical issues such as open access, freedom of expression, innovation and new applications, commerce, development, and security. To date much of the discourse on Internet governance has been within the ranks of politicians, political analysts, as well as I-School and Communications School researchers. Internet governance discussions are often dictated by geopolitical issues. The perceived hegemony of the developed West regarding the governance of the Internet is increasingly facing challenges from developing countries. Some of these developing countries have even sought to exercise control over the Internet within their countries. All of these issues make Internet governance a potentially important area of study for Information Systems researchers and academics. In this paper talk I (will) briefly trace the history of Internet governance, and using that as the basis, explore more deeply the issue of Internet governance from a developing country – namely India’s perspective. The paper talk (will) examines various issues and their genesis, and then provides some potential approaches for dealing with global Internet governance.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ramesh Subramanian is the Gabriel Ferrucci Professor of Computer Information Systems at the School of Business, Quinnipiac University and is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School’s “Information Society Project,” where he researches on the intersection of security, privacy, public policy and law, and the history of computing. Dr. Subramanian has also taught courses at Rutgers University (USA), the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (India) and XLRI, Jamshedpur (India), and has given presentations at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School as a member of the Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group.

Prior to Quinnipiac, Dr. Subramanian was at the IBM Advanced Technology Lab, where he was a Senior Software Engineer and led a project associated with the initial development of a new-generation collaboration tool which has since become IBM Community Tools Suite. He was also a project leader for the development of an intra-company P2P resource sharing prototype code-named “Mesh.” He holds U.S. and international patents resulting from this work. Prior to IBM, Dr. Subramanian has held the following positions: Associate Professor of MIS (tenured), College of Business and Public Policy, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Instructor of Computer Science, Rutgers University, NJ; Member of the Technical Staff (MTS), Database Research District, Bell Communications Research, Morristown, NJ; Consultant, British Petroleum, Anchorage, Alaska; Consultant, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Subramanian’s current research interests include Information Systems Security, History of Technology, ICT4D, Technology and Privacy Policy. He is especially interested in the intersection of security, privacy and politics, and has published several peer-reviewed articles and papers. In 2007-2008, Dr. Subramanian was awarded a Fulbright Senior Researcher grant to study the effects and consequences of Internet spread in rural India.

About the Venue

The talk will be held in the M&S Theater in the CCAT building (222 Pitkin St, East Hartford). CCAT locks the doors at 5pm, however, someone will be monitoring the doors until 6pm and signs will be posted with directions for entry after that. Refreshments of pizza and soda will be provided courtesy of our sponsor TEKsystems.

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