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[liberationtech] <The Network is aware> Social Science Research on Deep Packet Inspection

Rebecca MacKinnon rebecca.mackinnon at
Wed Oct 19 18:38:53 PDT 2011

This website features the ongoing activities and results of research investigating whether deep packet inspection is changing the way the Internet is governed. 
Deep packet inspection (DPI) is a network surveillance technology that enables operators to scan Internet traffic in real time and make automated decisions about what to do with it.

We analyze DPI deployments that generated political, legal and regulatory conflicts. We explore how its capabilities led to strategic interactions among network operators pursuing their business interests, government agencies seeking control, activists fighting for privacy or net neutrality, politicians and regulators responding to publicity, legislators and courts resolving disputes. 

Drawing on theories from science, technology and society studies (STS), Internet governance studies and political science, we investigate how Internet governance is evolving in response to new network surveillance and management capabilities.

Rebecca MacKinnon
Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Cell: +1-617-939-3493
Twitter: @rmack

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