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SIGCIS 2012 Workshop, Traditional Papers III: Histories of Network(s)
Name: Valérie Schafer and Romain Badouard
For the EU, the Internet is a political chip of the first order. It primarily constitutes a domain of international public policy in which its difference and unity can be asserted. Technology takes on a strong political dimension, and the internal struggles to impose particular protocols carry a true vision of the Union's position on the international stage. Consequently, the Internet is also becoming a political tool for the EU to strengthen its internal construction, starting with the Lisbon strategy.
The Internet’s development in Europe, and its accompanying discourses, surpass the sociological approach of innovation or technological history. They invite one to consider the European construction as an in-between technocracy, transnational culture, and the power of infrastructure and socio-technological ideologies. Negotiations, controversies, ruptures and continuities in the Internet regulation field, invite to study the role of technology as a political instrument for governance and government, and as a tool and a crystalliser for the aspirations, successes and failures of European politics, whether coming directly from community frameworks, or groups in the margins, like the engineers who make up EUNet. This history requires a reading of European construction as a dialectically model and a complex co-constructed phenomena.