Center for Internet and Society (CIS)

The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is a research center of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

At the intersection of disciplines such as sociology, law, history, economics, political science, information and communication sciences, informatics and engineering sciences, the CIS intends to build independent and interdisciplinary research and expertise. The CIS's research endeavors contribute to enlighten the major technical controversies and the definition of contemporary policies related to digital, to the internet, and more broadly to informatics.

With an identity based on the interdisciplinarity of its theoretical roots and its methods, the center aims to foster expertise and critical reflection on the emerging issues of digital technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), place of the major platforms in the economy, proliferation of robotics, etc.

Created on 1 January 2019, the CIS is currently composed of a CNRS research unit (UPR 2000), including four CNRS permanent researchers, a postdoctoral researcher, an executive secretary, and welcomes also associate and visiting researchers.

As digital environments and networks are objects of research for the social sciences as well as for the mathematical, computer and engineering sciences, a national research network project (GDR) is under construction to bring together researchers and academics from these different disciplines.

CIS is part of several research networks including the NoC (Global Network of the Internet and Society Research Centers), GigaNet (Global Internet Governance Academic Network), RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials) and the Public Data Lab.


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