[WebCultures] Creation of the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) of the CNRS, Paris, France

Valerie valerieschafer at wanadoo.fr
Tue Apr 2 22:45:35 CEST 2019

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to officially announce the creation of the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) of the CNRS.

CNRS is the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, or the French National Center for Scientific Research. It is a publicly funded research organisation, under the authority of the French Ministry of Research. The CNRS is the largest governmental research organisation in France and the largest fundamental science agency in Europe. Research at CNRS covers all the major fields of scientific research, and is organised into 10 research institutes.

At the intersection of disciplines such as sociology, law, history, economics, political science, media and communication sciences, computer and engineering sciences, the CIS intends to build critical research and expertise, able to enlighten the major technical controversies and the definition of contemporary policies related to digital technology, to the internet, and more broadly to informatics.

The research themes of the CIS are:
- History of computing, uses, preservation, creativity;
- Information, digital commons, citizen science;
- Infrastructure, AI, platforms;
- Data science;
- State, citizenship, surveillance, profiling, censorship, propaganda, fake news.

CIS now has a website, http://cis.cnrs.fr <http://cis.cnrs.fr/>, where you can find more details about its activities. We also have a Twitter account, @cis_cnrs, which will soon be active!

We are also working on the construction of a CNRS research network (GDR) on the same themes, which aims to federate, with a flexible but structured system, francophone and France-based researchers on these issues.

Since its inception, CIS is included in several research networks such as GigaNet <https://www.giga-net.org/ <https://www.giga-net.org/>> (Global Internet Governance Academic Network) or RESAW <https://resaw.eu/ <https://resaw.eu/>> (Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials), and of course, the NoC <https://networkofcenters.net/ <https://networkofcenters.net/>> (Global Network of the Internet and Society Research Centers) and its European Hub.

Kind regards and see you soon, we hope,

The CIS direction team,

Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay
Francesca Musiani
Céline Vaslin
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