Our Mission Statement can be found here
Even though scholars working in mainstream International Relations (IR) frequently
make reference to the impact of international communication technologies (ICTs)
on existing political, economic and social structures, they fail to grant the
Internet a special focus of inquiry.
Issues of electronic commerce, domain name assignment, pornography, universal
access and the like provide confusion for states, corporations and 'netizens'
alike. To explore the regulatory minefields that accompany these issues leads
into somewhat uncharted waters.
Given the steadily growing significance of the Internet and its various applications,
there exists an indisputable need to increase our understanding of the practical
and theoretical implications of this global medium from a political science
The UIS aims at closing this gap by the formation of a co-operative, non-for
profit research unit, exclusively dedicated to the analysis of the impact of
the Internet on IR.
Who we are
The UIS was set up by two researchers of Internet issues, Marc
Holitscher (Zurich) and Jamal
Shahin (Heerlen). They met on the Internet and after working
together for a while decided to start up the Unit in July 1999,
which is supposed to provide a forum for discussion and information
on Internet Governance related issues.
The Unit seeks to support research in this field by providing a common platform
for interested parties. Its members will have the
opportunity to submit their work for discussion and make use of a general information
service (mailing list) in order to notify others of
conferences, workshops, publications etc.
What we do
Members of the UIS will be able to put short descriptions of their individual
projects on the website and provide further links to their resources. Through
its mailing list, the UIS hopes to engage people into
lively discussions on a wide variety of topics related to the Internet/IR bias.
How we do it
Making use of the very technologies associated with the Internet, it is the
primary objective of the UIS to build a widespread network of people studying
the Internet who enjoy sharing ideas and are interested to learn what their
colleagues are doing.